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

Artists in Action #584

butterfly mcqueen
Butterfly McQueen takes a break on the set of Gone with the Wind.

4 comments :

Robert said...

I have always thought that Butterfly's characters were not as dim as they appeared. The means of survival for African-Americans in a White world were many, varied, and not always noble>

marietta said...

I feel s sorry,butterfly with you.

Tommy O'C said...

She was lucky to have gotten into movies in the first place.

Robert said...

True. As Louise Beavers said, "Better to play a maid, than to be one." One of the great wasted talents of the cinema was Theresa Harris, a beautiful and talented African-American woman with a remarkable sense of humor and great charm.
She appeared in at least seventy-five films beginning with a bit part in Sternberg's Morocco. Frequently uncredited and more often than not playing a maid, she can be seen to the greatest advantage in Out of the Past, I Walked with a Zombie, The Flame of New Orleans, Baby Face, Hold Your Man, and Professional Sweetheart.
Yes, she was lucky to have worked steadily for nearly thirty years, but what a loss to the rest of us to miss the parts she might have played.