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

Illusion Travels By Streetcar #20:
William A. Wellman: 1929-1934 (part one)

The cast for episode #20:

Stuart Collier
Jim Gisriel
Brian Risselada
Tom Sutpen

This episode was recorded on June 26, 2014

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

No discussion of "Beggars of Life"? Interesting omission. All in all an elucidating 'cast, and the diversions were as entertaining as the main topic.

Only rant: for chrissakes, I find critical speeches a little eyebrow-raising when someone mispronounces the title of a film so egregiously plainly - it's 'Bow' as in bow and arrow, not as in baby take a bow, sheesh...I'm sorry oxbows aren't so prevalent any more, but a light reading regarding the period would be easy enough to understand what it was, you could even say it has a deeper meaning as name of the place chosen for the novel...