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 Art of War #5

Seminal Image #311


High School
(Frederick Wiseman; 1968)

Adventures in American Filmmaking #42


Today's Adventure: Adolphe Menjou outlines the International Communist Conspiracy
to Stanley Kubrick on the set of Paths of Glory (1957)

The Art of Cinema #92


Argentine Love
(Allan Dwan; 1924)

Artists in Action #17


Leonard Bernstein rehearsing West Side Story

American Mouthpieces #2


F. Lee Bailey

When Legends Gather #63


Ennio Morricone, Charles Aznavour and Sergio Leone (mid-'70s).

The World of Jacob Riis #4


One of Four Pedlars Who Slept in the Cellar of 11 Ludlow Street Rear (1892)

The Art of Cinema #91


Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle . . .
(Two or Three Things I Know About Her)
(Jean-Luc Godard; 1967)

Seminal Image #310


College
(James W. Horne, Buster Keaton; 1927)

The Cool Hall of Fame #24


Emile de Antonio

They Were Collaborators #86


Monty Python

This Week's Degas #3


L'absinthe (1876)

The Ink & Paint Set #3


Mr. Hyde, Fu Manchu, Phantom of the Opera and Frankenstein's Monster
in Have You Got Any Castles?
(Frank Tashlin, Warner Bros., 1938)

Seminal Image #309


Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
(Edgar G. Ulmer; 1957)

The Cool Hall of Fame #23


Seymour Hersh

This Week's Ingres #4


Paolo and Francesca (1819)

The Art of Cinema #90


La Notte
(The Night)
(Michelangelo Antonioni; 1961)

(mucho, mucho thanks to Claudio for this image)

Seminal Image #308


Sumerki zhenskoi dushi
(Twilight of a Woman's Soul)
(Yevgeni Bauer; 1913)

When Legends Gather #62


Lum & Abner, Amos & Andy, and Laurel & Hardy
(Chet Lauck, Norris Goff, Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Stan Laurel, and Oliver Hardy)

An Illustrated History of Race Relations in America #6


Rosa Parks is arrested for civil disobedience for refusing to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Ala. in 1956.

Rosa Parks: 1913-2005

When Legends Gather #61


Charles Chaplin and Bebe Daniels play table tennis (late '20s).

From 'The Black Panther Coloring Book' #6


"Black Panthers protect Black children."

Before and After #12:
Fanny Brice

Before

After

Seminal Image #307


Weary River
(Frank Lloyd; 1929)

Shirley Horn Dead at 71


Shirley Horn, one of the finer piano-playing chanteuses in memory, has passed at the age of 71.

Here is an appreciation from today's New York Times.

Old New York #2


The New Amsterdam Theater (1925)

The Ink & Paint Set #2


Will Hays
Felix in Hollywood (Otto Mesmer, 1923)

The Art of Cinema #89


Shadow of the Law
(Louis J Gasnier, 1930)

Seminal Image #306


The River
(Jean Renoir; 1951)

This Week's Degas #2


Classe danse
(The Dancing Class; 1875)

Seminal Image #305


Head
(Bob Rafelson; 1968)

The Art of War #4

The Art of Pop #2


Music for Dreaming
(Paul Weston)
(Capitol Records; 1959)

People Who Died #24


Spalding Gray

This Week's Weegee #18

Great Moments in Marketing #5


Tintin Orange Soda (Europe, 1950s)

The Cool Hall of Fame #22


Frederick Wiseman

Seminal Image #304


Sono yo no tsuma
(That Night's Wife)
(Yasujiro Ozu; 1930)

This Week's Ingres #3


Virgin of the Adoption (1858)

They Were Collaborators #85


The Bonzo Dog Band

The Cool Hall of Fame #21


Slim Gaillard (right, with bassist "Tiny" Brown, late '40s)

The Ink & Paint Set #1


Roland Young
From The Autograph Hound (Disney, Jack King, 1939)

Seminal Image #303


Murder, My Sweet
(Edward Dmytryk; 1944)

From 'The Black Panther Coloring Book' #5


"Huey P. Newton, leader of the Black Panther Party, organized the Black brothers to defend their families."

The Golden Age of Prurience #26


Lesbian Hell
(by Jane Sherman)
(Playtime Books; 1963)

Seminal Image #302


Brazil
(Terry Gilliam; 1985)

The World of Jacob Riis #3


Black and Tan (1890)

They Were Collaborators #84


Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy