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 Men Were Men #4


From An Autographed Who's Who of the Screen (1930)

"I landed in Hollywood with just $22 to my name. And I lived for three weeks on about 14 cents a day while looking for a job. I finally got the job, as worker in a film laboratory. Then strange as it may seem, I had a stroke of luck when my leg was broken in a motorcycle accident and I was laid up in the Paramount hospital. Things did not look good then, but a casting director seeing me there promised me some extra work after my injuries had healed. The work went along pretty well with me until I was given a fair role in 'Vengeance of the Deep.' After that came a period of no work. Just as I had about decided that maybe I was not cut out to be an actor after all, I was offered a contract by Paramount and given a part in 'The Name of Love.' My big chance was one of the leading parts in 'Wings.'"

"I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, later moving to St. Paul, Minn. I attended the Univesity of Pennsylvania. In January, 1917, I came to New York and enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps, trained in England and served as pilot taking planes to the front. I have been a swimming instructor, worked in a brokerage office, written sports for the Duluth News-Tribune and had a fling at the Texas oil fields."

-Richard Arlen

1 comment :

Rob said...

Did this guy have an amazing career, or what? He wasn't the greatest actor, but he was great in a couple films. I always thought he was perfect in "Beggars Of Life", and "Wings". For a while as kid, I thought he was in every 'B' Western I saw on TV.

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