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

The Gunslinger Guide to Lee Garmes #4


from Nightmare Alley
(Edmund Goulding; 1947)

4 comments :

KC said...

It gives me chills to see this still. I love this scene so much. I'm not sure why--except that I can't think of anything else quite like it.

Marc said...

so close and yet so far - fake dead chicks can bring a man of money to his knees

i wonder how george jessel got involved in this one?

one of my favorite novels...must read for the new agers.

la peregrina said...

Synchronicity strikes deep,
Into your life it will creep,

I just finished the book last night. Great movie, great book.

Vanwall said...

The shit is just about to hit the fan for poor, or not so poor, Stanton Carlisle. True Geekdom awaits.