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

El Cine del Oro #41


Yo Dormi Con un Fantasma (I Slept With a Ghost)
(Jaime Salvador; 1949)

They Were Collaborators #517


Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

Artists in Action #443


Actress (and Mrs. King Vidor) Eleanor Boardman carves a pumpkin.

The Art of Cinema #348


The Kiss of the Vampire
(Don Sharp; 1963)

When Legends Gather #472


Gilbert Roland, Constance Bennett, Louella Parsons and Clark Gable gather at a Hollywood Halloween party.

Visionary Film #6


The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
(Michael Carreras; 1964)

Voices #5


Mae Questel

The Art of the Centerfold #44


Carrie Radison (Miss June, 1957)

Artists in Action #442


Zero Mostel splays his fingers

I Like the Christian Life! #6


Original Caption:

Girl Evangelist Blasts Beach Iniquities

Boston -- When Mary Agnes caught this pair spooning on Revere Beach, her wrath knew no bounds. Incidentally she would not appear on the beach in her one piece bathing suit until she had securely fastened her stockings above her knees. "Bare legs," she shuddered, "not before that crowd." (1922)

They Were Collaborators #516


Don Ameche and Frances Langford

Adventures in the National Pastime #8

Today's Adventure

Original Caption:

Brooklyn -- Many a time the enraged fans of Flatbush have made the Welkin ring with their roar of "Kill the Umpire". Today that roar was especially bitter and loud as Umpire George Magerkurth's tenth inning decision on a close play enabled the first place Cincinnati Reds to nose the Brooklyn Dodgers out by 4 to 3 score. Not content with mere vocal objections was this dyed in the wool Dodger fan. He is shown astride Umpire Magerkurth pumping punches at the august imperial jaw. The fan, identified as Frank Germano, leaped from the stands as the last man went out in the 10th inning to finish the game, and caught up with Umpire Magerkurth as the latter was going to the dressing rooms. Then the battle was on. (1940)

So Loathsome I Could Cry #11


Larry Flynt

The Art of American Fantasy #23

Seminal Image #875


Die Liebe der Jenne Ney
(The Love of Jeanne Ney)
(G.W. Pabst; 1927)

They Were Collaborators #515


Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman and Ziggy Elman

The Art of the Panel: EC #5


from The Gentleman Gunman
(by Graham Ingels)
(Crime Patrol #12; Jun-Jul, 1949)

The Children of Lewis Hine #10


Newsie (1912)

The Art of Jazz #74


Modern Art
(Art Farmer)
(United Artists Records; 1958)

The Cool Hall of Fame #147


Bootsy Collins

Old New York #33


The New York Tribune Building (1857)

Great Moments in Marketing #16

Elliot Gould for Jim Beam (1974)
Elliot Gould for Jim Beam (1974)

Glamour Jungle! #16

The Art of Cinema #347


Year of the Yahoo!
(Herschell Gordon Lewis; 1972)

Friends and Family #44
Adventures in the Fight Racket #25

Today's Adventure

Original Caption:

Philadelphia -- Manager Frank 'Blinky' Palermo puts the Welterweight Championship belt around Johnny Saxton after he won the title from Kid Gavilan with a unanimous decision at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, October 20th. Gavilan, champ since 1951, sobbed afterwards that the fight was "fixed." (1954)

The Heretofore Unmentioned #37


Jann Wenner

Nuns Gone Wild! #3


Original Caption:

Milwaukee -- Sister St. Francis, a Canadian-born nun on the staff of Misericordia Hospital, takes a spill as she tries to execute the "sitting duck" maneuver on the skating rink at the Milwaukee Arena. A group of nuns from the hospital were invited to the arena as guests of the Holiday on Ice management. (1964)

They Were Collaborators #514


Floradora Girls

Aftermath: Japan #4


Original Caption:

Emperor's Brother Visits Jap Repatriates.

Tokyo -- Sitting cross-legged on a cushion, Prince Takamatsu, brother of Emperor Hirohito, chats with some of the several hundred Japanese who were recently repatriated to Japan from Manchuria, Mukden, Korea, and many parts of China to which the Japanese Empire had spread before US armed forces pricked the imperial bubble. Seated across from the prince, a Japanese mother nurses her infant baby unselfconsciously. The youngster is not impressed by the presence of royalty. (1947)

This Week's Weegee #45

The Art of Pop #26


Relaxing with Perry Como
(RCA-Victor Records; 1956)

Artists in Action #441


Sammy Davis, Jr. leaps

The Art of the Panel: DC #2


from Loser at Love
(by Mort Meskin)
(Secret Hearts, #37; Dec-Jan, 1957)

White as U Wanna Be #1


Lawrence Welk

Ben Shahn's American Life #19


Years of Dust (1935)

Newspapermen #32


Robert Harrison

The Art of Cinema #346


Invaders from Mars
(William Cameron Menzies; 1953)

C is for Cunningham #23


Bench in the Marina District; San Francisco (1954)

The Art of the Panel: Marvel #1


from Guns Roar in Gila Pass; Ch. 1: How It Began
(by Stan Lee and Jack Keller)
(Kid Colt Outlaw, #99; July, 1961)

They Were an Item #56


John Profumo and Valerie Hobson

Annals of Crime #41


Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- Sheriff's Deputies search two Japanese men as sudden raids netted between 150 and 200 Japs, including many Buddhist priests and teachers in Japanese language schools. Federal men, Army and Navy intelligence officers, officers of the Sheriff and police joined in the raids that extended from San Diego to Santa Barbara. (1942)

When Legends Gather #471


William F. Buckley, Jr., Lauren Bacall and David Niven

An Illustrated History of American Labor #13


Original Caption:

New York -- This is a view of the city room at the New York Herald Tribune, as a strike of the photo engravers union went on through its fifth day. The strike began when about 400 photo engravers, who make the engravings which reproduce photos and advertising illustrations, walked out of three morning and three afternoon papers on December 28th. The Herald Tribune, suspended publication voluntarily the night of December 30th, becoming the seventh to halt. The Herald Tribune staff reports as usual, ready to "roll the presses" as soon as the strike ends. Publishers and union negotiators recessed their joint session on December 2nd with no settlement in sight and a meeting slated for the next day. (1953)

Artists in Action #440


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

The Golden Age of Publicity #19


Original Caption:

New York -- Gen. Billy Mitchell is honored as Gary Cooper, star of Warner Bros. 'The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell', and Charles B. Moss, executive director of the Criterion Theatre where the picture is now playing, officially change Times Square to "Billy Mitchell Square" in ceremonies that took place at 1 PM today at Broadway and 44th Street. The valiant proponent of air power was born 76 years ago today, December 29, 1879. (1955)

The Cool Hall of Fame #146


Tuesday Weld

The Heretofore Unmentioned #36


Dick Contino

Before and After #154: Ida Lupino

Before


After

The Art of Cinema #345
Rudy Ray Moore Dead at 81


Dolemite
(D'Urville Martin; 1975)

The wonder that was Rudy Ray Moore (aka Dolemite; aka Petey Wheatstraw) passed from us last Sunday, just 81 years young. Here is an appreciation of the man and his fine, foxy legacy from the Los Angeles Times.