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 #18

Lew Ayres
(No. 4 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Tobacco)
"Lew Ayres was born in Minneapolis, December 28th, 1908. He comes of a musical family, for his mother was a pianist and his father a member of a symphony orchestra. It was natural that he also should turn to music, and after graduating from the University of Arizona, he became a musician in an orchestra. He began his film career as an extra in silent films and All Quiet on the Western Front was his first talkie. His latest include Cross Country Cruise, Millionaire for a Day and Servants' Entrance."

No comments :