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 #37

Wages of Virtue
(Allan Dwan; 1924)

1 comment :

swac said...

I should mention that there's a family legend that my grandfather was Gloria Swanson's osteopath for a spell back in ol' Chicago, when she was with Essanay. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get the details of this story from anybody, but the fact that it jibes with when both he and her were in Chicago (not the sort of thing that your average person would know) leads me to believe there may be some grain of truth to the story. He may have only treated her once, who knows? But it's pretty cool to think about it.

He supposedly was also friends with Hymie Weiss, the gangster who indirectly inspired James Cagney's Public Enemy character (a real touch charlie who frightened even Capone), and used to hang with the North Side Irish gang.

Well, it makes for a good story, whether it's true or not, will require more digging. If I find out anything, I'll be sure to post it here.