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 #20

James Earl Jones and Flora Elkins in Othello, 1964.


justjack said...

I dunno. I know it's supposed to be all serious and tragic and all, but except for the costumes, it could be a demonstration of how to clear someone's throat before applying mouth to mouth resuscitation.

#1 in a new series: "Flora Elkins Saved From Drowning."

J. Herzog said...

I saw Jones play Othello in a later touring production with Christopher Plummer as Iago.

At the time I was excited because Jones was the voice of Darth Vader.