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

They Were Collaborators #556


Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd

6 comments :

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I love this photo!

swac said...

Me too...and I wish I could see more of these two's shorts. Short films, I mean.

Lex10 said...

That could forestall premature ejaculation......

Christopher said...

Some of their short films are pretty hilarious.."Top Flat"..."Air Tight"they used to include them as extras on the old Laurel and Hardy Nostalia Merchant VHS tapes..Why are these things taking so long to come to DVD?????

swac said...

I remember one where Toddy sets up Patsy on a blind date with an osteopath, and when they go out dancing he ends up shaking her all over the room. A great physical gag, but also poignant as my grandfather got in on the osteopath game in Chicago in the 'teens.

Christopher said...

Its always a bit of a jolt to see Patsy Kelly turn up as one of the Satanists in Rosmary's Baby..a Cult of Waxworks..