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

Selling the Silents #25


Mantrap
(Victor Flemming; 1926)

2 comments :

Joe Thompson said...

Funny movie. I just saw it this week as part of the Treasures 5: The West box set. Sadly, the lady in the poster looks nothing like Clara Bow.

swac said...

It's true, looks like maybe it was meant to be a Louise Brooks vehicle, but subbed Clara at the last minute. I'd like to see it, I really need to catch up with those Treasures sets, I've only got the first two.