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 #27

Zero as Tevye
Zero Mostel as Tevye wishes he were a rich man in Fiddler on the Roof. Come Tony Award time, the matchmaker matched up Zero with his very own award for his performance.

4 comments :

Andy 7 said...

One of the all-time greats, whether in "The Producers" or "A Funny Thing Happened" or "The Front", Zero always turned in a great performance.

Gloria said...

Laurie Anderson said once about binary language that "Everybody wants to be number one but nobody wants to be a zero"...except Zero, who was a number one

Pop9 said...

Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.

Fred said...

It's a shame that Zero was too busy on another project to star in the film version of Fiddler. No knock on Topol, but Zero IS Tevye.