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

Heroes of American Literature #19

Lillian Hellman


de Selby said...

She is so beautiful.

gerry said...

does she look a little like Keith Richards or is it my idea?

Bill said...

I don't know if it is fair to say she was a hero. She said some some fine things, but she just about broke Mary McCarthy with the libel suit-- and was shown in that suit to have been, in fact, a liar. She was Dorothy Parker's executor, but although Parker left her estate to Martin Luther King Hellman contested the distribution. Somehow, to me, having written "The Little Foxes" doesn't make up for these things.