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

Selling the Silents #4

(From the Paramount release book, 1927)

Directed by Frank Lloyd (Cavalcade, Mutiny on the Bounty)--reportedly with an assist from Josef Von Sternberg--Children of Divorce would eventually star Clara Bow, in her first major film after It, and Gary Cooper in a tale of a flapper who tricks her childhood sweetheart into marriage, even though he loves another. This piece of artwork makes it look like a superb portrayal of jazz age life, on par with Our Dancing Daughters, with some silent/pre-code naughtiness to spice up the proceedings. And of course Paramount will never let it slip from its cold, dead hands so the people who might actually care about it can see it.

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