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

Seminal Image #1006


De noorderlingen
(The Northerners)
(Alex van Warmerdam; 1992)

3 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

Almost looks like This Week's Hopper.

justjack said...

Holy mackerel! For a second I thought it was a Hopper!

P. said...

This is interesting: he (Alex) is also a filmmaker and one of his films has the same title as this picture (The Northerners, in Dutch.)Three of his films are out on DVD in the USA (what used to be Home Vision, the younger twin of Criterion). That's not all: writes his screenplays and used to be part of two theatre groups.