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 #442

Chico Marx, Ray Bolger, John Garfield, Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel


Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I have just seen a picture of Julie Garfield and Laurel & Hardy wearing sombreros.

I can now, to paraphrase Joel McCrea from Ride the High Country, "enter my house justified."

swac said...

Bolger actually looks young in this shot.

Wonder what the heck they were all doing in Puerto Rico together...

Vanwall said...

Drinking and whoring?

swac said... workin'.

addie said...

You smart guys...
In defense of Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Ray Bolger, I will tell you what I know of this Photograph, it was taken during a USO tour of defense bases sometime in '41.
As for John Garfield, who I adore and who certainly was there for the troops, he very well may have been there a little bit for some whoring:D