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 #106

William Wyler, Norma Shearer and Howard Hawks


slyboots2 said...

Finally you include Norma. She might've had a squint, and slept her way to the top, but she was up there for a while!

Brent McKee said...

I suppose that the perception is that she only became a star because she was, as her rival Joan Crawford put it "sleeping with the boss", but I don't think it's entirely deserved. Take a look at her credits from 1922 to 1927 and you can see she was already establishing herself. She may have been sleeping her way to the top even then but this implies five years of casting couches before she nailed Thalberg. I hate to say it but while she was no Kay Fwancis let alone a Crawford, she had some level of competency as an actress.