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 #513

Harold Lloyd and Babe Ruth


swac said...

Probably on the set of Speedy, where Ruth has a funny cameo as a passenger in Lloyd's cab. One of the first silent comedies I ever saw (thanks to our French CBC Radio Canada, which ran silent films on a regular basis), and one I still enjoy watching once a year or so.

Brent McKee said...

I'm a fan of Speedy as well. A lot of that has to do with the way it shows a New York that has long since vanished, most notably Coney Island and some of the rides there (that would never be allowed today) and of course Yankee Stadium when it was relatively new.

swac said...

Given Buster Keaton's love of baseball--they used to play it between breaks on his film sets--it's unfortunate he never made a sandlot film during his silent heyday, although his 1935 Educational short One Run Elmer is one of the better ones he'd come up with at that skid row studio.