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 #228

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Buster Keaton with Norma, Constance and Natalie Talmadge attend the opening of Talmadge Park, San Diego, 1925.

3 comments :

Brent McKee said...

That look on Buster's face says just about all that needs to be said about his relationship with his first wife's family. Get that man a drink.

swac said...

I think that's Keaton gagman Jean Havez sitting next to him (for those who care)...

BTW...sorry about the radio silence, I've been out of town enjoying the delights of Cinefest in Syracuse. And I've brought back enough DVDs to choke a goat. I may need to invest in an expresso machine; there are only so many hours in the day...

Marianne said...

I must agree with you Brent Mckee, it's sad to see. Oh, how I adore Buster Keaton! Thank you for the picture, I haven't seen this one before.