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

Jesters of the Republic #44

Bert Lahr
Bert Lahr

2 comments :

MadHatter said...

One of the greats! He was by far the coolest character in the Wizard of Oz....I saw his daughter at the Film Forum in NYC a few months ago.....she looked ALOT like her old man and commented on how,with her long , curly hair,she resembled the Cowardly Lion.A real sweet lady with a great sense of humor."If I were King of da Forreeeeeessssstttttt ......!!!"

DickGreenleaf said...

Lahr also played Estragon in the first American production of Waiting For Godot.