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

Stars of the Silent Photoplay

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David B. Pearson and Graceann Maciolek over at Silent-Movies.Org, who recently brought to the web 1923's "The Blue Book of the Screen", have just compiled "Stars of the Silent Photoplay", an even more extensive exercise in gazing back to the motion picture publicity of yesteryear. Profiles and Portraits of over 600 actors, actresses, directors and producers . . . taken from the pages of "Stars of the Photoplay", "Who's Who on the Screen" and "Famous Film Folk" . . . on display of those simpler, but no less mean times, 1916 to 1930.

We here at "If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . " heartily endorse this effort, congratulate Mr. Pearson and Ms. Maciolek on a job done prodigiously and recommend to all our visitors . . . particularly the Silent film fanatics who probably knew about this before I did . . . that they visit early and visit often.

1 comment :

swac said...

Hear, hear!

or if you prefer,

Here, here!