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

Art of the Double Feature #1



Laura Brown said...

It's good to see that cinema was promoting awareness of breast self-examination even then.

I think Pasolini's Oedipus Rex may be the film that inspired Tom Lehrer's song of the same name (as described in his patter on "An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer").

Brooks Hefner said...

Whether you prefer your magnificence provocative and scandalous or terrifying and compassionate, Pasolini's got you covered.

swac said...

Lehrer recorded his Oedipus Rex in 1959, Pasolini made his film in 1967. Maybe it was the former who inspired the latter?