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

True Tales from the Bicentennial Year #5


Original Caption:

New York -- Niozake Shange chats with Melvin Van Peebles at a party following the opening of her play, 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuff,' at New York's Booth Theater. Besides writing the play, Miss Shange is one of the cast of seven women appearing in it. Miss Shange's play first found theatrical life in a downtown bar, then moved to two Off-Broadway houses before moving up to Broadway. Melvin Van Peebles has also had a play, Ain't No Way to Die a Natural Death,' on Broadway. (1976)

1 comment :

Brent McKee said...

The play has just been made into a movie by Tyler Perry. Perry's decision to do the play was, to say the least a controversial one, to the point that Oprah Winfrey, a friend of Perry's, told him not to make it. The movie will debut in November 2010.