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

Movie Directors and the Means of Production #4


Movie Director: Peter Watkins
Means: Actor
Production: Gladiatorerna (The Gladiators; 1969)

2 comments :

Rick Perlstein said...

Peter Watkins! "Punishment Park" is one of my all-time favorite movies!

Tom Sutpen said...

Same here.

By the by . . . if this is the Rick Perlstein I think it is, all I can say is 'wow'. I am honored to have you drop in, sir. 'Nixonland' was phenomenal; one of the finest works of cultural and political history I've ever read.

If you're *not* that Rick Perlstein . . . well . . . then I heartily recommend you read 'Nixonland' with all deliberate speed.