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

Collect 'Em All #4

Spencer Tracy
(No. 17 in a series of 48 issued by Gallaher Tobacco, Virginia House, London & Belfast)
"My Favourite Part: The priest I played in 'San Francisco' was strongly contrasted to all my previous roles, and I became strangely absorbed by the quiet sincerity of the character. In 'Boys Town' I once more have the part of a priest, and I would say it is my favourite part, because it has given me so much spiritual pleasure. Indeed, I am most grateful to MGM for allotting me this delightful characterization."
Hey, it is Father's Day...

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