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

The Golden Age of Publicity #20


Original Caption:

Hollywood -- Like the rest of the world, Hollywood is answering the call to arms in the face of invasion. Hollywood being what it is, however, the screen version is made to fit another kind; that of the box office. The arms used in Hollywood need no machine tool plants and assembly lines behind them to spring into production. They have been provided by Mother Nature. Already the arms of the screen's lovers are in action to provide entertainment for the nation by the time the first of the drafters answer the call. Here Claudette Colbert and Ray Milland do their bit in the Hollywood arms industry during the filming of their latest picture for Paramount, Arise, My Love, directed by Mitchell Leisen. (1940)

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