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 British Character #1

Robert Hardy


Danny said...

it is the type of British character unfortunately now only seen on stage in period plays or as curiosities in Madame Tusaud's waxworks.

Unmann-Wittering said...

Shouting is not really a character.

Spiracle said...

I'm hoping that this is going to be a sequence of character actors rather than stereotypes.

Tom Sutpen said...

I thought I would wait till next week when I post the first installment of 'The American Character' to make it clearer, but I'll give the game away, lest anyone be preemptively offended:

Character actors/actresses.