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

When Legends Gather #638


Martin Scorsese gets emphatic with Michael Powell.

5 comments :

mister muleboy said...

Wow.


When it first started to materialize on my slow-developing screen, I thought who is that dude, and why is Burt Reynolds lecturing him?

I really do have some holes in my film awareness. . . .

swac said...

Just imagine...Martin Scorsese's Gator.

mister muleboy said...

and Burt Reynolds as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver?

What a different world this would be. . . .

Frank Coleman said...

Well, given Marty's deep affection for Powell, who was a genial pixie of a man, I doubt he's actually lecturing him.

Alfred Kralik, Jr. said...

And Scorsese's longtime editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, was married to Powell.