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

The Art of Cinema #518


The Art Of Loving 1962

One of my favourite films (and) 'kitchen sink drama' and some of John Schlesinger's best early directing.

Mrs. Rothwell: How dare you do this to my daughter!
Vic: I did good for your daughter! I married her!
Mrs. Rothwell: Yes! After you seduced her!
Vic: It would have been me or someone else, sooner or later.

Before and After #267: David Lynch

Before


After

When Legends Gather #687


Joe Strummer & Johnny Rotten

But Did You Read the Book? #11
They Went and Made a Book Out of It #5
GROK!


Stranger in a Strange Land (1961 science fiction novel) 1965, UK edition Four Square

Fifty something years later (I'm horrified to hear) SIASL is in production.  How can a cinematographic representation be made without changing this gem beyond recognition?  SIASL is and was a child of the times and Michael Valentine Smith, Jubal Harshaw, Jill and the other characters need to continue to live in our minds just as half of the book takes place inside the characters' thoughts.  
GROK!

The Art of Cinema #517
Throwing the Hammer #1


Twins of Evil
(John Hough; 1972)

So Loathsome I Could Cry #16


Joseph Jackson

And Then It Was Ephemera #12


The Astro-Zombies 1968
UNBEARABLE

Artifacts #31


John J. Fadoozle and Flub-A-Dub

The Friends of Flagg #19


Arnold Bennett
"Never meet your favourite author."

The Foreground Obscures #7


20,000 Years in Sing Sing
(Michael Curtiz; 1932)

The Gunslinger Guide to Miles Davis #9


Miles with John and Yoko

The Art of Cinema #516


Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?, William Klien, 1966

And Then It Was Ephemera #11


She was lenticular...

The Heretofore Unmentioned #143


Zippy the Chimp

The Art of Cinema #515


Ride Lonesome
(Budd Boetticher; 1959)

The Gunslinger Guide to Natalie Wood #24

The Art of Labor #18

Orpheus in Action #24


Orpheus gets rhythm and loses style points

Self Portrait #22


M.C. Escher

They Were Collaborators #752


Chaplin, Brando & Loren during the making of A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

The Cool Hall of Fame #226


Peter Sellers.

Herbert Lom Dead at 95


His online obituary, courtesy of the BBC, can be found here.

The Voice: Scenes from a Life #1


The Voice takes a few months off.

The Cool Hall of Fame #225


Cecil Taylor

White as U Wanna Be #5


Wes Anderson

Artists in Action #676


Keith Haring Paints on the subway

How to Peddle the Zeitgeist #3

When Gunslingers Gather #1


Frank Coleman and Stephen Cooke take Manhattan.

The Art of Cinema #514


My favourite Hitchcock: FRENZY 1972
Yes, I could watch this film just for the murder of Brenda Blaney...

And Then It Was Ephemera #10


THE FLY 1958
HELP MEeEeEe NO NO!!!! BAAHAHAHAHHAH

But Did You Read the Book? #10


PSYCHO, Corgi Edition 1962, UK

THIS BOOK IS NOT TO BE READ AT NIGHT.
Especially if you are alone.
...Especially not at night.

They Were Collaborators #751


Thelonious Monk, Nellie Monk, and John Coltrane in the late 1950s.

Artists in Action #675


Salvador Dali experimenting with the "punk" look in the 1950s.

The Art of Cinema #513


薔薇の葬列 1969
Funeral Parade of Roses aka Bara no sôretsu (original title)

Soul Stirrers #25


Fontella Bass

When Legends Gather #686


James Stewart, James Cagney and Orson Welles

Sex Education #177


Anna May Wong

The Gunslinger Guide to Miles Davis #8

In the Studio #90


Anita Carter, Chet Atkins and Hank Snow

Art at 45 Revolutions per Minute #7


Somehow, it's in the expression...
Beatniks

The Extraordinary Engaging in the Ordinary #3


Jimi Hendrix sleeping with a stuffed animal

When Legends Gather #685


 
 Muhammad Ali and the Beatles, 1964.

The Art of Cinema #512


The Chapman Report
(George Cukor; 1962)

Tuesday #3

When Legends Gather #684


Paul Thomas Anderson and Lars von Trier

The Extraordinary Engaging in the Ordinary #2


Kenneth Williams does a crossword puzzle

The Art of the Big Top #36

Radio Free Gunslinger #16:
American History and Practical Math



Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'American History and Practical Math,' is John Henry Faulk

The Content

First Sequence:
David Essex - Gonna Make You a Star
Tiger B. Smith - Tiger Rock
Bubbles - Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy)
The Move - When Alice Comes Back to the Farm
T-Rex - Diamond Meadows

Second Sequence:
Porter Wagoner - The Carroll County Accident
John D. Loudermilk - The Bully of the Beach
George Kent - The Baltimore Incident
Bobby Bare - They Covered Up the Old Swimming Hole
Tom T. Hall - Ballad of Forty Dollars

Third Sequence:
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Memphis
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Back in the U.S.A.
Ernest Tubb & His Texas Troubadors - Thirty Days
Phil Ochs - School Days
Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen (demo)

Fourth Sequence:
Bonnie Owens & Merle Haggard - Just Between the Two of Us
David Houston & Tammy Wynette - It's All Over
George Jones & Gene Pitney - Mocking Bird Hill
Buck Owens & Rose Maddox - Loose Talk
Anita Carter & Hank Williams - I Can't Help It (if I'm Still In Love With You)

Summation:
Slint - Good Morning, Captain

The Extraordinary Engaging in the Ordinary #1


Jim Morrison gets ready for soccer (1971)