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

Artists in Action #625


Robert Mitchum signs an autograph for an adoring fan while on location in Boston for The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

6 comments :

Timmy said...

"How do you spell your Mommy's name again? Now, you said you're gonna show me where her flask is, right?"

Christopher said...

lol.this is great..the girl looks like shes waitin' on a messege from Garcia!
"here ya go kid!"

Bill said...

The movie was good but the book was great. Written by a former Boston prosecutor who had the vernacular and habits of small time hoods perfectly imitated.

Fred said...

Too bad she was too young to see this when it came out. I can just imagine her folks explaining to her about mob movies and R ratings. I remember I was about her age at the time and I got the same lecture she probably endured.

Lex10 said...

Wow.

swac said...

At the other end of his career, Mitchum shot scenes from the Howard Hawks-produced war picture Corvette K-225 here in Halifax in 1943, and was lucky enough to meet one of the drivers on that film years later, who got along famously with Mitchum and went out drinking with him more than once (he was hardly a star at the time, and he's uncredited in the film itself). I guess he was just one of the guys.