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 Gordon Willis #4

from Little Murders
(Alan Arkin; 1971)


Robert Fiore said...

This is a good picture, by the way -- I saw it again last year. Someone ought to reissue it on disk. I sometimes wonder, though, if we're going to come to a point where people won't fully comprehend movies from the New-York-as-basket-case era. I definitely think people are going to watch all the 60s movies where the Vietnam War was the unstated subtext and wonder what everybody is so cynical about.

Paul said...

"But I want to mould you!"

swac said...

I have this on DVD, but it seems to be out of print (some idiot is trying to get $108 for it on Amazon marketplace).