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 #57

Anna Sten
No. 42 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
"Born in Kiev, South Russia, on December 1st, 1910, Anna Sten is the daughter of a Swedish mother and a Ukrainian father who was killed during the revolution. At the age of fifteen she was given a leading rôle in an amateur show, and this won her admission to the state-controlled film academy. Three years later she was in a Moscow repertory company, and then made her film début, winning fame in The Yellow Ticket. Her two films for U.F.A., The Brothers Karamazov and Tempest, won her an American contract, and she appeared after a year's 'grooming' in Lady of the Boulevards".

1 comment :

Tom Sutpen said...

"If Goldwyn can, with great conviction
Instruct Anna Sten in diction
Then Anna shows
Anything goes"
-- Cole Porter