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

This is the City . . . #12

Hollywood Blvd. (1953)


Richard Gibson said...

Wow, a familiar shot, yet I had to look twice, almost double take because I've actually been there - I walked around Grauman's Chinese Theatre and did the tourist thing and walked along Hollywood Boulevard.

Brent McKee said...
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Brent McKee said...

The poster (banner) for the movie King of the Khyber Rifles gives us a more accurate period for the picture than just 1953. According to IMDB, King of the Khyber Rifles was released on December 22, 1953. Winter in Hollywood

Michael said...

However the lack of XMAS decorations on the street might indicate Oct or Nov 1953 or even 1954?