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

Artists in Action #316


James Cagney tries on some different makeup.

2 comments :

Vanwall said...

The intensity just leaps out of him - any attempt to alter that thru any kind of make-up just reinforces it. A beautiful image.

swac said...

I think we'll all be happy to know that a bunch of pre-code Cagneys are coming to DVD in March: Picture Snatcher, Lady Killer, Mayor of Hell and Smart Money (his only feature co-star with Edward G. Robinson) in another Warner Bros. gangster collection.

Still no Taxi, but one can still dream.