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 Art of the Stage #1


Black Crook
(Kiralfy Bros.; 1879)

Artists and Animals #8


Alfred Hitchcock gives direction to his terrier Sarah.

When Legends Gather #428


Liz Taylor drops by the set of Where Eagles Dare to hang out with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.

The Friends of Milt Hinton #15


Coleman Hawkins bides his time in a New York City TV studio in 1957.

P is for Pulp #23


Manhunt
(Jan. 1953)

Vaudevillians #1


The Dolly Sisters

The Heretofore Unmentioned #23


Don Gibson

They Were Collaborators #489


The Sagebrush Symphony

The City: Reno #2


Original Caption:

At Air Force "Escape And Survival" School

Reno -- The controversial "Escape And Survival" School operated by the U. S. Air Force at Stead Air Force Base near Reno, was opened to the press yesterday, and here is one of the realistic tableaux observed. The men with their hands on their heads are "prisoners" being herded by "enemy" captors into a compound under the menacing guns of a tank. The school teaches air Force men in a 17 day course how to take care of themselves if captured, ways and means of escape and methods of survival in enemy-held territory. It also teaches how to resist "brainwashing" techniques of their captors. (1955)

Seminal Image #848


Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
(Karel Reisz; 1961)

Artists in Action #398


George Brent is fingerprinted by a U.S. Justice Dept. official

Seminal Image #847


In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden
(In a Year of 13 Moons)
(Rainer Werner Fassbinder; 1978)

The Cool Hall of Fame #135


Peter O'Toole

They Were Collaborators #488


Ruby Keeler and Al Jolson

The Heretofore Unmentioned #22


James C. Petrillo

The Cool Hall of Fame #134
They Were Collaborators #487


Philip and Daniel Berrigan

The Art of Cinema #322


All Fall Down
(John Frankenheimer; 1961)

When Legends Gather #427


Sidney Poitier and Anthony Perkins

Seminal Image #846


Zeta One
(Michael Cort; 1969)

Old New York #24


Lower Broadway (1899)

The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes #23


Part Twenty-Three: Psycho (1960)

Joints #14


Cafe Wha?

When Legends Gather #426


Cary Grant and Arthur Askey

Seminal Image #845


A Fool There Was
(Frank Powell; 1915)

This Week's Weegee #40

The Art of Jazz #64


The Revelation
(The Roosevelt Wardell Trio)
(Riverside Records; 1960)

The Art of the Centerfold #41


Lynne Turner (Miss January; 1956)

Men of the West #24


Gene Autry

The Art of American Fantasy #18

Before and After #140: Abraham Lincoln

Before


After

(fourscore thanks to Tommie Hicks for these images)

The Art of Cinema #321


Desiderio
(Desire)
(Roberto Rossellini, Marcello Pagliero; 1946)

They Were Collaborators #486


The Teardrop Explodes

C is for Cunningham #18


San Francisco Window (1938)

When Legends Gather #425


Doris Day and Jacqueline Susann

People Who Died #43


Donald Cammell

Seminal Image #844


Playtime
(Jacques Tati; 1967)

Artists in Action #397


Robert Mitchum encouters another generation of admirers

Fun at Bohemian Grove #31


Two Bohemians play Chess (1900)

Politicians in Action #22


Sen. Stuart Symington (D-MO) demonstrates that he can tell left from right

E.O. Hoppé's Greatest Hits #2


Boiler Shop at Vickers Armstrong Factory (1928)

When Legends Gather #424


Ernest Hemingway and Frank Capra

Before and After #139: Eldridge Cleaver

Before


After

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #31


Keith Moon

Seminal Image #843


Across the Pacific
(John Huston; 1942)

Adventures in the Fight Racket #21


Original Caption:

Titleless But not Undecorated.

New York -- Arturo Godoy, the Chilean challenger, walks to his dressing room after a futile fight to lift Joe Louis' heavyweight title. Arturo weathered almost seven rounds at Yankee Stadium without much damage; using the same crouch and cling tactics which carried him through 15 rounds of his first fight with the Brown Bomber. But Joe caught him right as the seventh round was ending. Arturo dropped. From then on it was a question of time, and not much time either. Arturo was dropped twice in the next round and referee Billy Cavanaugh stopped the bout to award Joe Louis technical knockout victory in one minute 24 seconds of the eighth round. Arturo may not have a title-but he is not entirely undecorated-notice his battered face. (1940)

Artists in Action #396


Harold Robbins presents Irving Wallace with his very own Torah

Seminal Image #842


Il Grido
(The Cry)
(Michelangelo Antonioni; 1957)

When Legends Gather #423


Lauren Bacall, David O. Selznick and David Niven