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

The Golden Age of Publicity #10


Original Caption:

Jimmy Cagney Gets "Atmosphere"

Los Angeles -- James Cagney, pugnacious -- although likeable -- screen star is developing a "nose for news." In search of atmosphere and authenticity for the part he is about to play in his next film, Picture Snatcher, a story of newspaper work, Jimmy was instructed in the fundamentals of newspaper work at a Los Angeles daily. Here he is shown in the Linotype room. (1933)

2 comments :

Vanwall said...

etoinshrdlu - but then again, that's just me.

VP81955 said...

Sorry I missed that one during TCM's Cagney festival some months back. His pre-Code comedic films are amazing.