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 #59

Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby and Clark Gable


swac said...

I wonder why Coop and Gable both look like they're about to beat up Der Bingle?

Vanwall said...

Bing was thought to steal the native's souls with his camera, but a convenient eclipse was about to take place, enabling him to escape with the precious glam shots.


slyboots2 said...

Gable looks this from around the time that he was filming The Misfits?

And betcha Bing could hold his own in a bar fight. But Cooper would've smoked him.

Brent McKee said...

Gable always seemed to look old in his post-war pictures. He put on some weight and his hair had started to go a bit grey.

Maybe they were all comparing notes on Grace Kelly. I'm not sure about Cooper, but I know that both Crosby and Gable were involved with her and even considered marrying her.

swac said...

I'm guessing around 1950 or so. Coop doesn't look quite as old as in High Noon, but close enough.