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

Selling the Silents #23


From the 1927 Paramount release book

"A brilliant comedy special with Bebe as a vivacious society girl talking the place of an old male fossil who runs the 'Advice to Lovers' column on a newspaper. Story by Joseph Jackson."

Lord knows I could use the advice...but I could probably use Bebe Daniels with a riding crop a lot more.

(I can find no evidence of this film actually being made, either under this title, or in the filmographies of Ms. Daniels or Mr. Jackson. The closest I got was the 1933 Lee Tracy pre-code comedy Advice to the Lovelorn, where his typically hardboiled reporter gets busted down to writing the lonelyhearts column. But that's based on Nathanael West's novel Miss Lonelyhearts. And yes, I'd love to see it.)

2 comments :

Brent McKee said...

Of course Bebe Daniels with a riding crop is considerably different from say Louise Brooks with a riding crop.

swac said...

Any port in a storm.