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 #41


Leslie Howard
No. 26 in a series of 50 by Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Leslie Howard was born in London on April 24th, 1893, and on leaving Dulwich College, worked as a bank clerk. He served with the 10th Hussars until he was invalided out of the army in 1917, and then turned to the stage. While appearing in America, he accepted the leading role in the film version of Outward Bound. Later films include Service for Ladies (which he made in England), Smilin' Through, Berkeley Square, Of Human Bondage, British Agent and The Scarlet Pimpernel. His real name is Stainer; he is married and has a son and daughter.

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