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

Treading the Boards #48

Julie Harris (Josefa Lantenay), William Shatner (Paul Sevigne) and Walter Matthau (Benjamin Beaurevers) star in A Shot in the Dark (a.k.a. L'Idiote) at Broadway's Booth Theatre in 1961.


mister muleboy said...

I not only wish I'd seen the play, I wish I could commend the photographer to his or her face. The photo makes me wonder what's going on, and that's Walter Matthau!

Great find!

swac said...

I couldn't tell you exactly what's going on, but it looks like Matthau is playing the buffoonish policeman that was later retrofitted by Blake Edwards and, of all people, William Peter Blatty to be Inspector Clouseau for the Peter Sellers version. Possibly it's the scene where he exclaims that "she killed him in a rit of fealous jage!"

Peter Nellhaus said...

I've never thought of Julie Harris as being sexy until I saw this photo.