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 Ink & Paint Set #11


Cab Calloway from Have You Got Any Castles?
(Frank Tashlin, Warner Bros., 1938)

Stacks o' Wax #14


Dean Martin, A Winter Romance (Capitol, 1959)

Favourite holiday album cover ever.

And for a final seasonal bonus, here's Dean and Jerry just goofin' around.
Note: NOT family friendly.

The Women #5


Clara Bow
from The New Movie Album: An Autographed Who's Who of the Screen (1931)

"To correct any inaccuracies that may have resulted from my being sometimes referred to as the 'Brooklyn Bonfire,' let me say, first off, that I was born in Brooklyn, that I was 'raised' there, and that I lived there until well along in my 'teens. I moved from Brooklyn to Hollywood. And that is my story. Of course there was the time my photograph, submitted by my father, wond for me a magazine contest. There was my little part in the Billie Dove picture, 'Beyond the Rainbow,' which was my first. I was sure at the time that it would be my last. But then, many weeks later, when I had become reconciled to a stenographic career, Elmer Clifton gave me a part in 'Down to the Sea in Ships.' I played parts in several other eastern pictures and then came to Hollywood, where B.P. Schulberg, the man really responsible for what success I have had, placed me under contract. When Mr. Schulberg joined Paramount as managing director of production he took my contract, and me, with him. I played in 'Mantrap,' 'Kid Boots,' 'Wings,' and in several other pictures before 'It' made me a star, and gave me a reputation. My last picture was 'Her Wedding Night.' My next will present me as an usherette."

Artists in Action #34


An obviously medicated Norman Mailer engages voters in Harlem during his campaign for Mayor of New York City.

Seminal Image #366
Great Madmen of the 20th Century #15


Klaus Kinski in
Woyzeck
(Werner Herzog; 1979)

The Neocons #4


I. Lewis Libby (followed by members of the press)

The Art of Cinema #106


The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
(Preston Sturges; 1948)

Seminal Image #365


El Angel Exterminador
(The Exterminating Angel)
(Luis Buñuel; 1962)

The Art of Jazz #18


Sweet Honey Bee
(Duke Pearson)
(Blue Note; 1962)

The Art of Cinema #105


Grey Gardens
(David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Susan Froemke: 1976)

Seminal Image #364


Walkabout
(Nicolas Roeg; 1971)

Adventures in American Filmmaking #49


Today's Adventure: Russ Meyer throws himself into the arduous, backbreaking work of directing Vixen! (1968)

When Legends Gather #84


Grace Slick and Janis Joplin

Seminal Image #363


Shadows
(John Cassavetes; 1957-1959)

The Art of Cinema #104:
Christmas Edition


Christmas Holiday
(Robert Siodmak, 1944)

A Is For Arbus #4:
Christmas Edition


Student Santas at Santa Claus School in Albion, NY (1964)

The Ink & Paint Set #10
Christmas Edition


Kate Smith in The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives
(Hugh Harman & Rudolph Ising, Warner Bros., 1933)

Stacks o' Wax #13
Christmas Edition


Former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower gives it up for the kids.

Sing it, Johnny.

Artists in Action #33


John Coltrane ascends.

When Legends Gather #83


Burt Bacharach and Alice Cooper

Seminal Image #362


Gold Diggers of 1933
(Mervyn LeRoy, Busby Berkeley; 1933)

Artists in Action #32


Tallulah Bankhead roots for the Dodgers.

Seminal Image #361


Night of the Living Dead
(George A. Romero; 1968)

The Art of War #10

Seminal Image #360


Сталкер
(Stalker)
(Andrei Tarkovsky; 1979)

El Cine Del Oro #20


Hay Lugar Para...Dos! (There Is Room For...Two!)
(Alejandro Galindo, 1949)

A Is For Arbus #3


Jayne Mansfield, actress, with daughter Jayne Marie (1965)

The Art of Cinema #103


Vamos a matar, compañeros
(Sergio Corbucci; 1970)

They Were Collaborators #107


Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (the Neocons' stenographer)

Seminal Image #359


Du rififi chez les hommes
(Jules Dassin; 1955)

When Legends Gather #82


John Wayne and Francis Albert Sinatra

Artists in Action #31


Harold Pinter decides how many more lines of dialogue he should remove.

Great Canadians of the 20th Century #2


Mack Sennett

(muchas gracias for the image and best wishes for the holidays to Jeff Duncanson)

The Art of Dissent #3

Seminal Image #358


L'Albero degli zoccoli
(The Tree of Wooden Clogs)
(Ermanno Olmi; 1978)

Great Moments in Journalism #1


Wire service photographers and newsreel cameramen photograph Lenny Bruce
just before his trip to the morgue (1966)

The Art of Cinema #102


I Love Trouble
(S. Sylvan Simon, 1948)

The Ink & Paint Set #9


The Ritz Brothers in The Autograph Hound
(Jack King, Disney, 1939)

The Women #4


Joan Bennett
From The New Movie Album: An Autorgraphed Who's Who of the Screen (1931)
"I am the youngest of Richard Bennett's three daughters and I was born in 1911, at the Palisades, New Jersey. Although my family were against a stage career for any of us, I, like my other two sisters, Constance and Barbara, decided to cast my lot with motion pictures. I was tutored privately until I was eight years old and then sent to St. Margaret's Boarding School at Waterbury, Conn. My education was completed at L'Ermitage, a finishing school at Versailles, France. Up to the time that I made my debut in support of my father on the stage in 'Jarnegan,' I had had no theatrical experience. This was in 1928. Motion picture executives seeing me in the play decided I should go to Hollywood at the conclusion of the run of 'Jarnegan' in New York. My first film part was Ronald Colman's leading lady in 'Bulldog Drummond.' This led to a contract with United Artists, and I was cast in the principal role in 'Three Live Ghosts.' Then came 'Disraeli' in which I supported George Arliss; 'Puttin' on the Ritz' with Harry Richmond. In the latter picture I sang my first song before the microphone, 'With You.' Next I was cast in the featured feminine role in 'Crazy That Way.' then portrayed John Barrymore's leading lady in 'Moby Dick,' and then the principal feminine role in 'Maybe It's Love.'"

Seminal Image #357


La Salaire de la peur
(The Wages of Fear)
(Henri-Georges Clouzot; 1953)

When Legends Gather #81


Ray Charles and Clint Eastwood

American Dance Orchestras of the 1920s #8


Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

The Art of Dissent #2

The Cool Hall of Fame #29


Billy Wilder

The Art of Cinema #101


Circus World
(Henry Hathaway; 1963)

Howard: Scenes from a Life #2


Howard Gets a Medal (1938)

The Art of The Spook Racket #4

Seminal Image #356


King and Country
(Joseph Losey; 1964)