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

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #21

York and Serling
Today's Adventure: Rod Serling shows Dick York how to hold his gun on the set of Twilight Zone episode "The Purple Testament."


Tempest said...

Well if you do a Wiki on this episode it is about forecasting death.


It's about fate.

Not going to get into details. But personal reasons this episode resonates with me because of people I have met and their eventual fates. Nothing I personally foresaw - but really gave me pause.

Rod Serling left us to soon.
A true Giant and a Human Being in so many ways.
FWIW he was a paratrooper and survived combat in the Phillipines.

Brooks said...

Mr. York is amused but he isn't letting go of the holster.

justjack said...

Bless 'im, but Rod Serling really was a short fellow, wasn't he.

Suki said...

I have spent the last several days going through each and every page of your blog. I LOVE it!! It is evident that you became more and more confident as you went along and after the first year, you have what I consider just about the best blog I have ever had the pleasure to visit. Keep up the good work!

Robert Fiore said...

This I believe is the episode where Dick York wakes up one morning to discover he's turned into Dick Sargent.

Fred said...

Are you sure? I thought he woke up and found out he was really Sgt. York.

Mac said...

...or Jim Carrey's "FireMarshall Bill"

Tom Sutpen said...


Thank you for that; thank you very much. I will say that it wasn't confidence, exactly, that started to accumulate in the early months, more a gradual development of the format (something I had no idea whatsoever for when I started it). I'd say after about 6 months, around the time Stephen Cooke came on board, it started falling into place. Since then , it's just been a matter of trying every idea (good and bad) that I, and we, can think of.

Which is all a way of saying that this blog would be no more than a shadow of what it is without my co-conspirators. All praises should be divided equally, far as I'm concerned.

Suki said...

Consider all praises divided. It's a great blog and while viewing, I discovered there are about 134 movies previously unseen that I definitely need to watch.

Greg said...

All praises should be divided equally, far as I'm concerned.

Talk about 'generous to a fault.' The praise goes to Tom, period. The rest of us are just lucky enough to be included but 98 percent of everything that's ever been done here has been done by Tom.