The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Heretofore Unmentioned #87

Wallace Shawn


estiv said...

When I lived in Charlottesville about fifteen years ago, he would come to visit his companion Deborah Eisenberg (like himself a very talented writer), who was on the University of Virginia faculty. Someone told me it was a little bizarre to be walking down a rather dull street and suddenly recognize the Sicilian from The Princess Bride walking towards you.

Autospike said...


Tommy O'C said...

If he's Sicilian, I'm Sonny Corleone.

Rhys Ziemba said...

In an interview with the Onion AV Club, Mr. Shawn describes the surreal yet quotidian experience whereby a stranger on the street approaches him to say,"Inconceivable!" Next most popular after that are the Star Trek TNG references.

I would say "OMG! It's the guy from "My Dinner with Andre" (Seminal Image, anyone?...ought to be easy to pick the defining shot of that film).

Buster Stronghart said...

Probably my favorite actor.