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

Tony Curtis Dead at 85

Tony Curtis
BBC Obituary here.


Chip Hilton said...

A rousing, full life, it seems. A place in the pantheon on the strength of "Some Like It Hot" alone.

MadHatter said...

Wow.....Was just talking about his great performance in "Sweet Smell Of Success" with a friend of mine..."Some Like It Hot", "Stony" Curtis in "The Flintstones",come to mind....anyway,
R.I.P. Mr.Curtis/Schwartz,and thanks for the memories!

Robert Fiore said...

I saw him in the flesh at a tribute to Billy Wilder I guess it was about ten years ago, and got an education in star quality. He was of course not a young man at the time, and so far from the peak of his career as to almost be called a sad case, but there was a tremendous magnetism to him. In a room with a over a thousand people in it he was the only one you'd look at.