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 #23


Gregory Peck and Beatrice Straight (right) in the 1946 Boston production of Playboy of the Western World, not to be confused with the 1946 Broadway production starring Burgess Meredith and Maureen Stapleton.

4 comments :

Bipolar Bear Exhibit said...

Is that Aunt Bea on the left? Frances Bavier was certainly treading the boards in those pre-Mayberry days.

Greg said...

No, google books has a cast listing but since none of the other players were/are famous, outside of Gregory Peck and Beatrice Straight, I have no idea who that actress is. There are about five or six other actresses names listed but I don't know which one it is and the picture source only lists Peck and Straight.

Dagobert of Tacoma said...

I'm not buying Peck as Christy Mahon. Mahon's a tenor, not a baritone.

marietta said...

als "Atticus" absolut unvergessbar.