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

When Legends Gather #18

Johnny Weissmuller, Anna May Wong, Jean Harlow and Mr. Jean Harlow (Paul Bern).


Tom Sutpen said...

When was this photo taken? I ask because the unidentified friend looks like Paul Bern.

Rob said...

Wow, you're right, M. Sutpen - that does look like Bern. What in God's name is that thing Johnny is handing off?


swac said...

I think it's Bern also, so I've changed the caption accordingly. As to when it was taken, I believe it was some time before his death. As for the item in question, looks like a pair of walrus tusks to me, but that's just an educated guess.