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

The Women #1


Jean Arthur
from The New Movie Album Autographed Who's Who of the Screen (1931)

"When I was in my third year at high school, I was forced to drop my studies, due to financial reverses, and look for work. I began to pose for photographic advertisements and was soon working fairly steadily for a youngster. I modelled for Howard Chandler Christy, among other painters. A motion picture scout on the lookout for new faces saw some of my photographs and took me to Jim Ryan at the Fox New York Studio, where I was immediately given a contract and packed off to Hollywood. With no screen experience and a little dazed by everything, I found myself as leading lady in 'The Temple of Venus.' I completed my year's contract with Fox in a series of two-reel comedies. After that, determined not to quit, I played anything and everything that came my way. Finally a role in 'The Poor Nut' brought me to the attention of the big companies once more. And to cap the turn in my good fortune, talking pictures gave me my final boost. My family and I have learned to play safe, so we are still living in the bungalow we rented five years ago when we first came to Hollywood, and you won't see me when you are making the rounds of Hollywood's night life. It costs too much to dress up lavishly. We have bought a new car though."

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