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 Acid Eaters #4

Robert Anton Wilson

When Legends Gather #367

Andy Warhol and Carol Channing (1978)

Men of the West #18

Buck Jones

Adventures in European Filmmaking #39

Today's Adventure: Roberto Rossellini listens to his lead actress on the set of
Viaggio in Italia (1954)

Seminal Image #790

Gone to Earth
(Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger; 1950)

Artists in Action #337

Eubie Blake watches one more year go by

When Legends Gather #366

Jerry Lewis and Robert Siodmak

American Mouthpieces #16

Louis Nizer

The Art of American Amusement #11

The Space Wheel at Palisades Amusement Park
(Palisades, NJ; 1962)

Artists in Action #336

James T. Farrell peers through a glass

Seminal Image #789

(Charles Chaplin; 1952)

This Week's Hopper #12

Hotel Window (1955)

They Were Collaborators #435

Bruce Langhorne, Carolyn Hester, Bob Dylan and Bill Lee

Annals of Crime #10

Original Caption:

Cambridge -- Albert H. DeSalvo, 35, the self confessed Boston Strangler, stares back at Theresa Morehead of Cambridge outside Middlesex Superior Court. The 35-year-old DeSalvo is on trial for sex assault and robbery charges unrelated to the stranglings (1966)

They Were an Item #38

Jean Harlow and William Powell

When Legends Gather #365

Lindsay Anderson, Madame Kawakita and Satyajit Ray

The Art of Travel #15

Sex Education #97

Rosanna Schiaffino

The Art of War #33

B is for Beaton #8

Jean-Paul Sartre

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #50

Tricky sweats (1960)

They Were Collaborators #434

Terry Gilliam, Neil Innes, Eric Idle and Terry Jones

Artists in Action #335

Bette Davis gets some sun

Seminal Image #788

Seminal Image
(David Fincher; 2007)

The Art of Cinema #292

Don't Look Back
(D.A. Pennebaker; 1967)

When Legends Gather # 364
They Were Collaborators #433

Carol White and Rod Taylor outside the Playboy Club in Park Lane, London; 1969

Seminal Image #787

From Hell to Texas
(Henry Hathaway; 1958)

Friends and Family #22

The body of Frankie Yale lies beside his cracked-up automobile on 44th st. (1928)

The Art of Pop #16

Come Fly With Me
(Frank Sinatra)
(Capitol Records; 1958)

They Were Collaborators #432

Woody Allen and Zero Mostel

The Art of Cinema #291

Panic in the Streets
(Elia Kazan; 1950)

Miniseries #8:
More Stars Than There Are in HUAC


Abraham Polonsky


Jerome Robbins


Ronald Reagan


Jack L. Warner


Artie Shaw


Paul Robeson


Robert Montgomery


Morris Carnovsky


Robert Taylor


Louis B. Mayer


Gale Sondergaard


Sterling Hayden


Budd Schulberg


Gary Cooper


Leo McCarey


Howard DaSilva


Lionel Stander


Ayn Rand


Jeff Corey


Will Geer