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

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #40

Above, Burgess Meredith chats with director John Brahm (perhaps about Dickens, yes?) while shooting the episode "Time Enough at Last" from the first season of the The Twilight Zone.

Below, rare color still from the same shoot.


fuckyouyoudamndickheadgoogle said...

I've been silently (and approvingly) been reading this blog for 4+ years now, but this is easily one of my favorite posts so far. Thanks a ton!

Timothy Cahill said...

Burgess Meredith, devoted bibliophile, is the only survivor of the cataclysm. He takes refuge in a library, where he has "time enough at last," where fate deals him a cruel blow.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Recognized the source for instantly. Thank you!

Greg F. said...

Burgess Meredith gives a great performance in this (as well as the other TZ episodes he was in). He was always great to watch.

Robert Fiore said...

This I believe is the episode Patton Oswalt cited when he said The Twilight Zone should have been named Nice Try, Asshole. Burgess Meredith thinks the destruction of civilization will give him all the time to read that he wants, only to break his eyeglasses -- "Nice try, asshole!"

swac said...

Bizarre, I just watched this episode only the day before I first saw this post. (Gotta say, the TZ blu-rays look stunning.)