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

When Legends Gather #494

Luigi Pirandello and Walt Disney


Robert Fiore said...

I'll give this one an 8 on the incongruous scale.

estiv said...

Holy shit. Where do you find these things?

Robert Fiore said...

Given the palm fronds in the back the first assumption is that this would be in Hollywood. They're not dressed up enough for it to be a formal occasion and if it were a visit to the studio Disney probably would have been dressed down a bit from this, not quite so natty. You have to remember that up until the 40s at least Disney had a certain cachet among the intellectuals; when Evelyn Waugh went to Hollywood the people he particularly wanted to meet were Chaplin and Disney, "the two artists of the place." It's just possible on the other hand that this could have been taken at Cannes.

Tom Sutpen said...

I don't know anything about the circumstances of their meeting, but the photo was taken in New York in 1935.

de Selby said...

John Waters is Walt Disney's love child?