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

They Were An Item #31


Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge ... and friend.

7 comments :

swac said...

And yes, I know who the third man is.

Vanwall said...

Couldn't a 30-ton safe have just fallen out of sky onto him?

Tom Sutpen said...

Actually, poor Buster looks like the third man (third wheel, practically) in this one.

(Did Keaton ever take a photo with anyone named Talmadge where he didn't look utterly despondent?)

Jordanna said...

Not to my knowledge, no.

Poor Natalie...her sisters quit the biz and made a fortune in real estate. Apparently she just crawled into a bottle.

Babe said...

Will Hays is the 3rd person.

Marianne said...

I wonder what year this was taken? He really does look sad, it doesn't seem like merely a facade. Gee, he sure is handsome though!

Marianne said...

I wonder what year this was taken? He really does look sad, it doesn't seem like merely a facade. Gee, he sure is handsome though!