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

Elisha Cook Jr. Gets the Shaft Again #4

Elisha Cook Jr. feels the pain of working for Olsen & Johnson in Hellzapoppin.
(H.C. Potter; 1942).


davidly said...

This has got to be my favorite series.

I imagine there's gotta be something from Messiah of Evil, though technically he doesn't really get the shaft on film, only recounted in subsequent dialog.

swac said...

For whatever reason, this is the first thing I thought of when the series started. Maybe I should have posted it on April Fool's Day, since it's a rare comedic appearance by Cook, not something he's as well-known for (it doesn't help that Hellzapoppin' continues to be denied a North American release due to rights issues).

SASHA said...

this elisha cook jr. post reminded me, don't you think, his character george in the killing was william h. macy's inspiration for fargo? i want someone to be on my wavelength about this!!! :)