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 Kovacs Moment #7


To celebrate Ernie Kovacs' 93rd birthday today, here's a rare example of his unique brand of absurdity appearing on the big screen in the trailer for Richard Quine's 1957 service comedy Operation Mad Ball.

4 comments :

swac said...

In other Ernie news, Omnivore Recordings announces the discovery of previously unheard Kovacs audio, including a scrapped Percy Dovetonsils LP, due for release later this year.
http://omnivorerecordings.com/2012/01/happy-birthday-ernie/

swac said...

Also, I suppose this trailer could also count as a Great Moment in Moxie.

la peregrina said...

Happy Birthday, Ernie, still remember being fascinated and amused by your TV show as a child. :)

Tommy O'C said...

Classic!