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 #36


Roscoe Arbuckle and Harry Houdini on the set of Back Stage (1919)

(Credit for this photo goes to the folks at Laughsmith Entertainment whose four-disc Arbuckle DVD set is now available, and is essential for anyone wishing to understand this genius of silent comedy.)

6 comments :

swac said...

Plus, at roughly $10 per disc, it's dirt cheap.

Brent McKee said...

The only thing missing from the picture is their common connection, Buster Keaton.

Ivan G. said...

There must be a demand for this baby -- my discs are on backorder over at Deep Discount DVD.

swac said...

Oddly enough, Keaton was in Back Stage, but I guess he wasn't a big enough star at the time to warrent inclusion in the photo op. There must be other photos from the session though, given the friendship between HH and Keaton's family.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen, what's the picture quality and such on this collection?

Ivan G. said...

My greatest fear was finding out that this collection was sold out and I wouldn't be able to grab a copy...

...fortunately, my disks arrived in today's mail. I'm happier than the proverbial pig-in-slop, plus I got a great deal on them at DVD Pacific -- thirty bucks and change.