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

Celebrations #16: Easter 2014

They Were Collaborators #873

Van and Jim Morrison

Artists in Action #852

Adam West dances

Behind the Scenes #49

Neil Young gets the sound

And We Will Never Know Their Names #10

Chicago Transit Authority workers count fares

The City: St. Louis #11
An Illustrated History of Race Relations in America #20

Men outside Lynch's Slave Market
104 Locust Street, St. Louis, Mo. (1852)

Before and After #331: Buster Keaton and Lon Chaney, Sr.



Seminal Image #1111

Wu Gong Zhou (Centipede Horror)
(Keith Li; 1984)

This Week's Weegee #103

They Were Collaborators #872

Billy Wilder and Otto Preminger

The Art of Cinema #579

Village of the Damned
(Wolf Rilla; 1960)

Seminal Image #1110

The Sound of Fury
(Cyril Endfield; 1950)

Welcome to Show Business! #77

Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- Seven beautiful girls, models for famous posters and magazine advertisements, are shown as they arrived in Los Angeles, July 19th. They are to work with Eddie Cantor, in his annual song and dance carnival 'Roman Scandals' for Samuel Goldwyn. Left to right are Katherine Mauk, (Wrigley); Rosalie Fromson, (Pond's); Mary Lange, (Camels); Vivian Keefer; Barbara Pepper; Theo Phane and Lucille Ball, (Chesterfields). (1933)

Orpheus in Action #37

Orpheus leaps

In the Studio #151

Thomas 'Fats' Waller

B is for Beaton #41

Jean Shrimpton

The Gunslinger Guide to Stanley Kubrick #5

The Frame Within the Frame #79

The Servant
(Joseph Losey; 1963)

The Life and Times of the American Motel #25

Fantasy Motel (Anaheim, CA)

Annals of Crime #123

Original Caption

New York -- In the doorway of his cafe, located in the heart of Little Italy on New York's Lower East Side, Angelo Greco lies dead, target of a lone gunman who fired four accurate shots. The slaying took place as the street was crowded with hundreds returning to their homes after the day's work. Not one of the people peering out of the windows - in common Lower East Side fashion - nor those on the street knew anything about the shooting. Police said Greco had a record of ten arrests and two convictions. One was for possession, one for illegal sale of alcohol. (1939)

When Legends Gather #844

Alexander Korda and Mary Pickford

An Illustrated History of Vice #15

Original Caption:

 Seattle -- A cured narcotic addict testifies at the Washington State crime investigation committee. The witness was allowed to wear a hood to conceal his identity while testifying on the narcotic traffic in Washington region (1952)

And Then It Was Ephemera #111

Illusion Travels By Streetcar #9

The cast for episode #9

Matthew E. Carter
Joseph Garza Medina
Brian Risselada
Austin P. Saget
Tom Sutpen
Peter L. Winkler