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

Treading the Boards #14

Edward James Olmos as "El Pachuco" in Zoot Suit. He would later reprise the role on film before becoming famous working with a couple of guys in Miami.


Christopher said...

I remember thinking the film version of Zoot Suit was pretty unique in its "look"..kinda like an old 40s technicolor movie

squajo said...

I liked the picture too but I never liked Olmos on stage--too "actorly".

Gerard Saylor said...

I never got through the movie.