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 #32


Irene Dunn
No. 17 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
"Born in Louisville, Kentucky on July 14th, 1904, Irene Dunne was destined for a musical career. After her education at a St. Louis convent, she studied at the Chicago College of Music, graduating in 1926. Taking up a stage career, she became famous in musical comedy; her delightful mezzo-soprano voice also won her a place in the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York. In 1929 she began her screen career, and later was acclaimed as a dramatic actress in Cimarron, with Richard Dix. Among her latest are Behold We Live, This Man is Mine and Stingaree. She is married to Dr. Griffin of New York."

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