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

Men of the West #25

Larry 'Buster' Crabbe


Peter L. Winkler said...

God, how I loved watching the Flash Gordon serials when I was nine, living in a small Arkansas town. They were broadcast every weekday on "Hart's Adventure Hour" broadcast from a station in Memphis.

Crabbe was actually a decent, sincere actor. He never condescended to the audience or played it for laughs.

swac said...

I've heard he was a pretty good Tarzan, but I've never seen any of those outings.

Vanwall said...

He was Buck Rogers, too - both the iconic fantasy/sc-fi comics are pretty much defined by Crabbe, a wonderful physical actor. He was also part of the long history of remarkable Hawaiian Olympic waterman - a wonderful swimmer and athlete, he was also a natural horseman. I grew up on TV retreads of his Flash/Buster incarnations, and his little westerns were often better than a lot of better-known B & C ones.