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 Golden Age of the Anti-Masterpiece #2

Mimsy Farmer freaks out on acid (or over that populuxe décor) in Riot on Sunset Strip (Arthur Dreifuss, 1967)


swac said...

Don't forget the great soundtrack by the Standells and the Chocolate Watchband.

There was an in-depth interview with Farmer in a recent Video Watchdog, where she talks about the transition from Hollywood starlet to European film icon. Worth seeking out.

M F Berry said...

swac, thanks for the props for the Mimsy interview ... it was certainly a dream come true for me to get the chance to do such a comprehensive interview with my all-time favorite actress. Thanks swac, and thanks Mimsy!