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 Golden Age of Publicity #28


In this publicity still for The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Klaatu (Michael Rennie) points to Helen Thomas for the next question.

7 comments :

El Hombre Invisible said...

I'd ask if he could imagine a black president and what he thought of Charlie Parker's music...oh, and could he influence the Hollywood witch hunt trials to prevent Polonsky and others from being blacklisted.

Fred said...

I bet Helen was wearing the same red dress. It probably took all the patience Klaatu could muster to keep Gort from vaporizing Ms. Thomas.

Greg said...

"Klaatu Barada Nik... ah, fuck it."

Elisson said...

Lock Martin must have been sweating like a bastard in that rubber suit.

My TDTESS Haiku:

"Go to him and say,
'Klaatu barada nikto,'
Or we are all fucked."

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Has he lost his mind?
Can he see, or is he blind?
Can he walk at all?
Or if he moves, will he fall?

Christopher said...

That one Gort!..go get 'er!

westofthewest said...

"Pssssst there's Helen Thomas with American News, MAJOR league asshole"