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 #49


Peter Palmer's L'il Abner meets Tina Louise's Appassionata Von Climax in the 1956 Broadway production of the Johnny Mercer/Gene de Paul musical based on Al Capp's long-running comic strip, at the St. James Theatre.

6 comments :

iola said...
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Sock MonKey 1 said...

Who removed my comment about Stubby Kaye and why for?

Tom Sutpen said...

I've looked through the received comments, and there's no sign of it. Are you one hundred percent certain you hit the 'Publish Comment' button?

I give you my word, no comments get deleted here unless they're blatantly Spam and/or abusive.

swac said...

I don't remember seeing a Stubby Kaye comment either. Was it under this photo? I do know that Kaye was in both the play and the movie. I check the comments pretty regularly and never saw it, at any rate.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

I feel "pretty sure" I had hit the publish button and have a fair recollection of seeing the message that says the message will appear after approval (or words to that effect.) The reason I asked was the notation that the message had been removed by one of the moderators (or words to that effect). Not a big thing, I was just surprised.

Tom Sutpen said...

I removed that comment. It was a garden variety Spam message; not yours. Yous didn't materialize at this end at all, for whatever reason.