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

Norman Wisdom dead aged 95

Norman Wisdom

Obituary from The Independent here.

1 comment :

Fred said...

I just saw this in Time magazine. My wife was born and raised in Iran where Norman Wisdom was hugely popular. In the Time obit, it mentioned that he was oen of the few Western performers whose films were allowed to be shown in the Stalinist Albania of Enver Hoxsha. I'm guessing that some forms of humor (or in Wisdom's case, "humour") transcend cultural differences. Interestingly, I don't think he had the same level of fame in the States as he did in the Old World. A real shame because the man was a huge talent.