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 #171

Johnny Weismuller and Buster Keaton


convict 13 said...

That would bé Buster's dog, Buster and his third wife Eleanor bred St Bernard's very successfully. In all the Beethoven movies it is Eleanor Keaton's dogs that were used. I wonder if this was the St Bernard that Buster's 2nd wife (Mae (the nurse) Scriven's took when she left Buster? I think Johnny and Buster were friends and both spent too much time in Keaton's Kennel at MGM. The dog would have been called Elmer.

Marianne said...

What a marvelous picture! I wondered why many of his characters were called Elmer, then when I read his auto biography--My Wonderful World of Slapstick, which is a great book--I found out why.