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

They Were Collaborators #861

Lucille Ball and Orson Welles


Handsome said...

"We couldn't get the extra $50,000, and I said if they put up the extra $50,000 I'd do "Smiler with a Knife" free. Because they wouldn't agree on Lucille Ball, who they said was too old for a leading part. And no good, and a B actress, and all that. You can imagine how idiotic they were. She was a stock actress then. They didn't know what they had."

--Orson Welles, on wanting to cast Lucille Ball in his first movie. ("Smiler with a Knife" was ultimately never made; Welles did "Citizen Kane" instead.)

ElNeato said...

good quote handsome..welles had an appreciation of comic actors

welles showed up on i love lucy

and it was he that named gleason-the great one-