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 #74


Mickey Hargitay and Francis X. Bushman

9 comments :

la peregrina said...

This photo hurts my head. Mickey Hargitay with Francis X. Bushman?????
When? Where? Why?

Tom Sutpen said...

I wish I could answer that. I've had this photo sitting here for so long, I can't remember where I got it from, except to say I got it off the 'net.

Also . . . if I had to explain the circumstances behind every 'When Legends Gather' entry (what the occasion was, etc), I'd be totally lost. I don't know if I could even give a general accounting of 10% of them.

swac said...

Probably some sort of odd photo op (maybe they were neighbours!)..."Silent movie strongman meets modern day muscleman!"

Or something like that.

Ryan said...

Ken Huthmaker was one of the official photographers for Mickey Hargitay's television exercise program.

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~khuthmaker/id3.html

His most striking image (to my mind, anyway) is this one of Debbie Reynolds:

http://home.earthlink.net/~khuthmaker/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/debbie.jpg

Fantastic blog you have here, by the way.

swac said...

Nice image of Debbie...thanks!

Tom Sutpen said...

Ah. That's where I got it from!

I mio riccordo!

Grazie!

(hey, you're not the same Ryan who almost sold me a copy of Robert Kramer's Ice last month, are you?)

la peregrina said...

if I had to explain the circumstances behind every 'When Legends Gather' entry (what the occasion was, etc), I'd be totally lost.

I would never expect you to explain the circumstances behind every 'When Legends Gather' entry-only the ones that make my head hurt. ;)

Ryan said...

tas said...
(hey, you're not the same Ryan who almost sold me a copy of Robert Kramer's Ice last month, are you?)

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No, I'm a Calgary Ryan. I got here via a posting you made on affz. It's getting dumber than ever over there - now they're poxed with cross-posting dummies as well as the indigenous crowd.

Tom Sutpen said...

Ryan wrote:

No, I'm a Calgary Ryan. I got here via a posting you made on affz. It's getting dumber than ever over there - now they're poxed with cross-posting dummies as well as the indigenous crowd.

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Ah. I remember my one and only posting to that newsgroup all too well. Swell reception my query got, huh. Almost put me off of writing that piece on The World's Greatest Sinner entirely.

Btw, if you have a copy of Kramer's Ice I'll make you a fair offer for a DVD-R of it.

Anybody else out there gots one?