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 Art of Cinema #458


The Bell-Hop
(Larry Semon, Norman Taurog; 1921)

3 comments :

JonCow said...

Of course, in these politically correct days, he would be known as Larry DNA.

DeBakey said...

Rhymes with Lemon?

JonCow said...

I was in Big Lots today and saw an Elvis movie in the cut-out bin (Live a Little, Love a Little) directed by Norman Taurog in 1968!! That is a career of just shy of 50 years! including ninel Elvis movies (he directed Elvis more than any other director) and six Martin & Lewis comedies. and a little diamond in the rough called Mrs. O'Malley and Mr Malone (starring Marjorie Main and James Whitmore). Whitmore is a down-and-out PI who meets a former colleague.
Colleague: Are you working on a case?
Malone: I buy it by the bottle these days.