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 Collaborators #274


The cast of Grand Hotel

When Legends Gather #220


Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn

Newspapermen #7


David Halberstam

The Cool Hall of Fame #64


Ethel Waters

Heroes of American Literature #13


Ring Lardner

They Were Collaborators #273


Brian Epstein and John Lennon

American Dry Spell #5


A bootlegger and his vehicle are waylaid by Capitol Police in the streets
of Washington, D.C. (1922)

The Art of Songwriting #15


The Aba-Daba Honeymoon
(Music and Lyrics: Arthur Fields & Walter Donovan)
(Leo Feist, Inc; 1914)

Seminal Image #612


General Idi Amin Dada
(Barbet Schroeder; 1974)

Artists in Action #153

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Slade are on the verge of making a decision

They Were Collaborators #272

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Galaxie 500

Seminal Image #611


Eternal Love
(Ernst Lubitsch; 1929)

Before and After #53:
Eugene O'Neill

Before


After

When Legends Gather #219


Lou Costello, Elvis Presley and Jane Russell

What Aubrey Beardsley Saw #1


Salome on Setee (1894)

Glamour Jungle! #3

They Were Collaborators #271


Pavement

Great Moments in Moxie #11


Stage and screen actress Muriel Ostriche enjoys a refreshing Moxie up in a tree on this promotional fan from the 1920s.

The Ink & Paint Set #19


George Arliss, Leslie Howard and Freddie Bartholomew in Porky's Road Race
(Warner Bros.; Frank Tashlin; 1937)

Collect 'Em All #23


Mary Brough
No. 8 in a series of 50 from Players Navy Cut Cigarettes
The late Mary Brough was born in London on April 16th, 1863, and educated at Clapham High School. Her father, Lionel Brough, was well known on the stage--he was the original Taffy in Trilby. Mary first appeared in Nine Points of the Law in 1881, and after a long and successful career on the stage she became even more popular on the screen. Her first picture was Beauty and the Barge, and she made others before appearing in Rookery Nook, one of the series of Aldwych farces in which she was best known. Among her latest pictures are Up to the Neck and Turkey Time. This versatile Actress died on Sept. 30th, 1934.

They Were Collaborators #270


Victor Sjöström, Greta Garbo and Mauritz Stiiler

The Art of American Fantasy #9

When Legends Gather #218


Rita Hayworth and Sophia Loren

Seminal Image #610


THX 1138
(George Lucas; 1971)

American Dance Orchestras of the 1920s #11


Elmer Snowden's Orchestra

The Art of Pop #5


Pretty Baby
(Dean Martin)
(Capitol Records; 1957)

The Art of the Centerfold #30


Jayne Mansfield
(Miss July, 1959)

The Art of Communism #13

P is for Pulp #15


Black Mask
(September, 1931)

The Cool Hall of Fame #63


Django Reinhardt

Sex Education #72


Stella Stevens

When Legends Gather #217


Lucio Fulci and Mario Bava

Before and After #52:
Yoko Ono

Before


After

Men of the West #2


Edward 'Hoot' Gibson

Seminal Image #609


The Girl Can't Help It!
(Frank Tashlin; 1956)

Artists in Action #152


Jackie Gleason ignores his writers

Adventures in American Filmmaking #70


Today's Adventure: On the set of Lupe, Andy Warhol turns away as
his lead actress hits the skids (1966)

Seminal Image #608


Ansatsu
(The Assassination)
(Masahiro Shinoda; 1964)

They Were Collaborators #269


The Duncan Sisters

The Present Day Composer #37


Noel Coward (1899-1973)

When Legends Gather #216


Allen Ginsberg and Thelonious Sphere Monk

The Art of Cinema #195


The Hill
(Sidney Lumet; 1965)

The Art of the WPA #8

Seminal Image #607


42nd St.
(Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley; 1932)

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #24


Spade Cooley (The King of Western Swing)

El Cine del Oro #30


Las Carinosas
(Fernando Cortes; 1953)

American Pinup #3