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

Welcome to Show Business! #19

Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- Actor John Barrymore, appearing in Bankruptcy Court here recently, asked that he be given a drawing account of $1,000 a week and that the rest be apportioned among his creditors. (1940)


Flynn D said...

There has never been an actor that EVER upstaged this man. The greatest drunk, the ripest ham, the most engaging personality that ever trod the boards.

Lex10 said...

It's nice he made these arrangements in his prime when he still had a shot of paying his creditors back.

r.j. said...

My late father was sitting, up at Errol Flynn's house, the story goes, one late afternoon. Dad and Uncle Errol (who was known to have a nip now and again for medicinal purposes), were sharing a convivial glass. It was late afternoon, and the setting-sun was casting a bright orange glow in the living room. My father suddenly becomes aware of a large, heavily yellowed stain next to him on the sofa. "Errol, what is that?", Dad asks.Smiling that mischievous-grin of his, Errol says, "Oh, sport, I'll never have that cleaned. John Barrymore peed there."