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 #56

Barbara Stanwyck
(No. 41 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut cigarettes)
Barbara Stanwyck, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, July 16th, 1907, and christened Ruby Stevens, began to earn her living as a telephone operator. Then she appeared in cabaret as a dancer, and later on the musical comedy stage. She was with the famous Ziegfeld Follies before taking up film work. Broadway Nights was her first film, but it was her role in The Locked Door that brought her popularity. Her latest films are Ever in My Heart and Gambling Lady. She is married to Frank Fay, who is well-known in American musical comedy and vaudeville; they have an adopted son, Dion.

1 comment :

R.H. said...

Ruby Stevens is a better name, but if I was 'Frank Fay' I'd change it.