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

All of Them Reds! #4


Elia Kazan

5 comments :

K TheJoker said...

Informer scum.

Tom Sutpen said...

Simmer down.

MichaelRyerson said...

ain't it the goddamndest thing? lady worked in the office of my father's grocery store. her husband Pete would come in sometimes to see her. he was really a nice guy. of course I was just a kid but he was nice to everyone and most of the adults spoke highly of him when he wasn't around. he was an actor. had a nice little career going and then his name appeared on a list and he wasn't an actor anymore. Pete Virgo. lost a decade to that list. nice guy. nice family.

spooky said...

read and learn......

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/182nxnes.asp

Al said...

You can't have it both ways. Kazan cannot say the Reds were a menace who might destroy the American way of life AND then only name selected names and only names which others had named previously. When confronted with this paradox by interviewer Jeff Young, Kazan passed out in his chair. That's right, he passed out. His denial and rationalizations had been punctured and his consciousness collapsed. Kazan was a vain, selfish creep, and he built his career on the demise of others. The irony? He was famous in NY theatre where there was little blacklist. He could have kept working without naming names.