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

The Cool Hall of Fame #89

Lon Chaney

Guest Contributor: Stacia


clint said...

Photo has the distinction of being the Ugliest pic of Lon I have ever seen.

Vanwall said...

I'm not so sure - for me, this is like one of those Roman portrait busts, with every wrinkle and crease from every experience that life's thrown at him, plain there on his face, no apologies and no regrets.

shahn said...

cool hall of fame indeed. spouting lon chaney facts seems to be the latest thing in pick-up lines, or maybe that's just the kind of guys i've been attracting lately.