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 #61


Evelyn Venable
No. 46 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 18th, 1914, Evelyn Venable comes of a literary family, her grandfather being a famous author and poet, and her father a well-known Shakespearean authority. She made her professional debut in a local performance of Dear Brutus, and in 1932 appeared in Cyrano de Bergerac. Then came the role of Ophelia in Hamlet, and her work in this led to her present film contract. She was first seen on the screen in Cradle Song; her more recent films are David Harum (with Will Rogers), Death Takes a Holiday and Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch.

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