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

Actress Geraldine Fitzgerald Dead at 91

Geraldine Fitzgerald, 1913-2005

From her BBC News obituary:
She received an Oscar nomination for her performance alongside Laurence Olivier in the 1939 Wuthering Heights.

In the same year, she starred alongside Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and George Brent in the popular Hollywood tearjerker Dark Victory.

Fitzgerald had a tumultuous career at Warner Bros in the 1940s, refusing roles and being placed on suspension by the studio.

Yet during that decade she managed to appear in such films as Shining Victory (1942), The Gay Sisters (1943), Watch on the Rhine (1944) and Nobody Lives Forever (1946).

In later years, she appeared as a character actress in films including Ten North Frederick (1958), The Pawnbroker (1965), Rachel, Rachel (1968), Harry and Tonto (1974), Arthur (1981) and Easy Money (1983).

Shirley Jones, who starred with her in 1970s made-for-TV film Yesterday's Child, said: "I was a great fan. She was a consummate actress and I just loved everything she did.

"It was a great joy for me to work with her."

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