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

Seminal Image #1105

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
(Stanley Kramer; 1963)

4 comments :

Martin said...

Too bad Paul Ford's role wasn't larger. Of course, that goes for Buster Keaton, as well.

Tom Sutpen said...

Actually, Keaton's role was somewhat larger. There's a restored scene on the new Criterion edition, where Spencer Tracy has a phone conversation with Keaton, hiring the boat to take him to Mexico once he makes off with the $350,000. Unfortunately, the picture element is still nowhere to be found, so it's audio-only . . . but it's there.

gerry said...

A wonderful who's who of comedians at the time.

Terry Lennox said...

Be sure to check out Jonathan Winters' gonzo-destruction of a gas station...It has entered cult status...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3DOHvR1-yw