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

Artists in Action #440


Elizabeth Taylor cuts the cake, as If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . marks its fourth anniversary today

33 comments :

Ron Eklof said...

Tom,
And a very happy anniversary to all of you. You continue to delight the eye with and eclectic pastiche of memorabilia.
Be Well

Vergilio said...

Congratulations and thank you for your posts.

Regards.

Vergilio

VicDiesel said...

Congrats! You're my favourite morning blog.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Happy Anniversary. Don't eat too much cake. We see what it did to Liz!

SomeNYGuy said...

Congratulations! Keep up the excellent work!

Deirdre said...

Happy Anniversary! I enjoy this blog and I am very glad it exists.

Vanwall said...

Happy B'Day gang! Still the best and one & only! Good choice for your cake slicer, too!

David said...

congrats on surviving 4 years. Thats like 20 in blog years, isnt it?

moe lauher said...

Thanks for the history lessons you have provided over the past four years.

Fred said...

Congratulations. Keep up the great blogging!

Tommy O'C said...

Congrats on my favorite blog. You continue to surprise and delight.

A wedding cake big enough for all her marriages combined.

But why does she look so...
enthusiastic...

derby said...

congrats! it's a great site - i visit everyday.
milesdavis.wordpress.com

Kreisler said...

The best blog on the net - thanks for all your work

Mr DeBakey said...

Last night we had a CD on the player
Mrs DeBakey says to me "Who's this?"
I says "Heidi Berry"
She says "Where'd you hear of her?"

Only four years?
I must have [accidently] picked up on the site quite early.
Must say that I'm glad I did.

phil said...



Cheers to your fourth!

Flickhead said...

Congratulations! My cat and I visit you every day. She loves the black background and white type...it hypnotizes her.

R.H. said...

Marvellous!

Congratulations American buddy, may you thrive!

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Happy blogiversary Tom, Stephen, Richard and Kimberly!

PIGNOUF said...

Je vous souhaite un merveilleux anniversaire, et vous donne rendez-vous l'année prochaine!

Matthew J. Sanderson said...

I didn't even know blogs like this existed, until I stumbled onto this one. Keep up the great work. :)

Steven Augustine said...

Keep it up!

Brent McKee said...

Congratulations on producing one of the essential blogs. I didn't know what was possible until i found this piece of the net.

Tom Sutpen said...

Holy moley. Thank you, all. All I can say is, I was astonished when this blog lasted six months; I'm no less astonished after four years. We'll keep on keeping on; that much I can promise.

R.H. said...

Tom, Stephen, Richard and Kimberly.

Thanks.

thombeau said...

Happy Anniversary! Keep up the fabulous work!

Baden-Joost said...

My best wishes to you on your 4th birthday. A visit to your blog is a way that I treat myself after a hard day. Thanks so much for posting (and adding to the list of movies I have to seek).

simon said...

Also my daughtersd 4th 24/10!
Congrats - love the blog

SD

Bhob said...

This photo is from the infamous Mike Todd party at Madison Square Garden, right?

R.H. said...

Twenty-six people?

Golly.

I wouldn't get that many at my funeral.

swac said...

Happy Anniversary Tom, Richard and Kimberly!

I hope to re-emerge from self-imposed exile very soon...

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks, compadre(s). We will maintain.

And yes, bhob, the photo is indeed from that screwball Mike Todd bash (has a worse film than Around the World in 80 Days ever been accorded that much hoopla?)

Sam said...

Happy belated anniversary, Tom and the gang!

Once again though, that title still kills me...

doc patcheko said...

Belated congratulations.

I love this place.