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

Broadcasters #74

David Susskind


Vanwall said...

An intelligent voice in broadcasting - tho I'll never forget his interview with The Firesign Theater.

jim smith said...

That was the set of his idea "Open End" on New York's Channel 13. Started in the late '50's as a healthy reaction to the thin, puerile "what a lovely dress you're wearing" kind of TV interview prevalent then. Came on at 10 or so on Sunday nights, good guests, good conversation and the show was literally open ended. It stayed on for as long as the conversation stayed good. Hours sometimes. Later he moved to Channel 5 and eventually went to a "close-ended" one hour format. But good conversation still. Jim

Peter L. Winkler said...

I liked him.

Tommy O'C said...

He was a graduate of Dartmouth. And never let anyone forget it. Sinatra wanted to have his legs broken for some slight, real or imagined (this, via Kitty Kelley). But it would have needed an okay from an East Coast mobster who had his own gripes about Sinatz. For which I am thankful.


They need to put a boxed DVD set of his shows out! Great Stuff!