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 #54

Will Rogers
No. 39 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut cigarettes
WILL ROGERS, who is noted for his inexhaustible fund of dry, philosophical humour, was born November 4th, 1879, near Claremore, Oklahoma, and christened William Penn Adair Rogers. At seventeen he was a cattle-puncher, and later continued this occupation in the Argentine. When the Boer War broke out he worked his way to Cape Town to join up, but the war had ended by the time he arrived, and he joined a Wild West show. This began his vaudeville career, which lasted for eight years. He has had greater success in talkies than in silent films; his latest include David Harum, Handy Andy and Judge Priest.

1 comment :

R.H. said...

Will never met a man he didn't like.

(He stayed home a lot)