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

When Legends Gather #401

Buster Keaton and Charles Chaplin meet with executives of the Balboa Film Studio.


mickelodeon said...

Awesome picture. I love Buster Keaton. I also love your blog. A lot!! =)

Nick Zegarac said...

Land of the giants redux. It's really incredible how much talent Hollywood used to garner in one place at any given moment during the golden age. The list of luminaries is endless.

Today's well spring is parched by comparison.

swac said...

Just, FYI, the man on the far right is Lou Anger, Roscoe Arbuckle's manager. Both Arbuckle and Keaton produced a number of his films at the Long Beach studio. Apparently William Desmond Taylor made many of his films there and Lon Chaney Sr. appeared in bit parts in films shot there in the late teens.

Marianne said...

What a marvelous picture! I love Buster Keaton! He is so cute in this picture!