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

Collect 'Em All #52

Esther Ralston
No. 37 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Born on September 17th, 1902, in Bar Harbor, Maine, Esther Ralston comes of a theatrical family, for her parents were well known on the vaudeville stage, and she made her first appearance with them while still a child. In her early teens she turned to film work, and won a great success in silent films, one of her earliest roles being that of Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan. After two years in vaudeville, she returned to films in the British production, Rome Express. Her recent American talkies include To the Last Man, By Candlelight, Sadie McKee and Romance in the Rain.


R.H. said...

We had an author here named Hal Porter. He got bored very easily. One time in a remote country town he married a woman known as the Ardath Girl, just for something to do, then sent her home on the next train.


Ann O'Dyne said...

... were Ardath cigarettes multi-national?
Did the railway timetable allow for consummation?
and an Ardath after?

R.H. said...

You don't know Hal's sex preference. The train arrived immediately after the wedding.

He made sure.