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 #21


Elisabeth Bergner
No. 6 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Tobacco.
"Born in Vienna on August 22nd, 1900 (IMDb says 1897), Elisabeth Bergner was only fourteen when she went to the Austrian Academy of Dramatic Art. Later she toured the provinces playing leading roles, and she is now recognized as the greatest Shakespearian actress on the Continent. She did not take to film-acting kindly, for after seeing her first picture, she vowed she would never make another. Dr. Paul Czinner, who has directed every film in which she has appeared and who is now her husband, persuaded her to try again and she won success. Catherine the Great and Escape Me Never are her British pictures."

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