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 #29


Marion Davies
No. 14 in a set of 50 from Players Navy Cut Cigarettes.
Marion Davies was born on January 3rd, 1900, in Brooklyn, New York, and was christened Marion Douras. Her father was a judge, and she was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart. On leaving the convent, she went on the stage, making her debut at an early age in Chu Chin Chow. Later she appeared in the famous Ziegfeld Follies, then turned to the screen. Among her latest films are Going Hollywood and Spy 13 in which she co-starred with Gary Cooper.

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