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

Dreamland Destinations #5

Everytown - 1940, 1966 and 2036, (Things to Come, d. William Cameron Menzies, 1936)


Vanwall said...

The "2001" of 1936 - predictions and all.

Greg said...

And in the final section, TV is used to arouse the masses to revolt, predating Howard Beale by forty years (although, they don't actually revolt in NETWORK, but still).

Michael said...

You fill a niche that no one else does. Please keep up the great work.
Thank you.

Craig B. said...


Thanks for resuming the posts! This is the ONLY blog I follow, and I was afraid we were going to lose you!

As Michael said... Thank you.

Peter L. Winkler said...

This is also the first film to predict that at least part of the public would oppose a program for manned space exploration.

Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel