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 #28

stubby kaye and johnny silver
Stubby Kaye as Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Johnny Silver as Benny Southstreet in the 1953 production of Guys and Dolls.


Sock MonKey 1 said...

Back in the day, it was a treat,albeit an infrequent one, to see Stubby Kaye perform "Jubilation T. Cornpone"(from "Li'l Abner") on Ed Sullivan, or other variety shows.

justjack said...

Who's the short guy with Governor Christie?

Seriously, were those two born to play those roles or what. It would have been a travesty if they hadn't been asked to reprise their parts in the movie.