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

A Recent Article

I was asked yesterday when I was going to mention the following article here on 'Gunslinger.' I wasn't entirely sure that I should, since doing so will, I have no doubt, be characterized by . . . certain other parties (for their own purposes) as horribly, wantonly immodest. But since just about anything I do or say publicly acts as fuel for the ill-will of others, there's just as little point in not posting it as there is in posting it, you see. So, without further adieu:

The Following Article

10 comments :

zbs said...

Not sure who the naysayers are, but I guess I should chime in I've enjoyed this for many a year. Actually, if you ever need more contributors ...

Frank Coleman said...

When faced with a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation, my policy is generally to go with "do."

Oh, and bravo, old bean.

Greg said...

Okay, I'm just going to say it: Tom, you are the most modest, self-deprecating person on the internet. Whoever these other parties are, for the sake of your own health, stop worrying about them! Clearly, they're morons. From Dennis Cozzalio to Jim Emerson to Farran Smith Nehme, three of the biggest names in the film blogging world, I have never heard anything at all but high praise for you.

Goddammit, when a site as big as HuffPo puts up an article about your blog, show it off!

And let me just say that by adding Frank, Muleboy and chained and perfumed, you have invigorated this blog and truly given it a new life. Great job all around.

To quote Mr. Philip Baker Hall as our favorite president: Fuck 'Em! Fuck 'Em! Fuck 'Em!

Frank Coleman said...

Totally agree, Greg. And thank you so much for your kindness.

Greg said...

I'm just glad Tom turned it around by inviting you guys. We had all burned out there for a while but now it feels fresh again.

rivets said...

My favouritest weblog. That's all there is to say really.

(though it really ought to be if Charlie Parker WERE a gunslinger....)

swac said...

You can try and correct Charles Mingus's grammar if you want to, but we're sticking with what he said.

Frank Coleman said...

There's a word for people who try to cut you down when something nice happens to you, Tom. The word is "jealous."

chained and perfumed said...

Thanks, Greg. And good work everyone.

joobie said...

on the naysayers: don't let the turkeys keep you down. i am ecstatic to see gunslinger active again.