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

S is for Steichen #13


William Haines (1927)

11 comments :

swac said...

The few, the proud...

Kreisler said...

Very Stroheim

Christopher said...

a great "everyman" sort of actor..
Hes terrific in Lon Chaney's- Tell It To The Marines...

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Tommy O'C said...

The few, the proud...That would be the Marines. Haines is dressed as a West Point cadet (that would be the Army). And the movie was "West Point."

During his early days in Greenwich Village, Haines shared an apartment with an actor named Archie Leach.

Marshall P. Smith said...

I didn't know about the Leach connection...interesting.

F.G. Marshall-Stacks said...

made me think how much I love that 'Duck Soup' ...
goes off singing
"Hail! Hail! Freedonia ...!"

swac said...

Yeah, but it was a Tell It to the Marines reference! I'm jumping all over the place.

swac said...

I've heard about him sharing a place with "Archie Leach" and his pal Jack "Orry" Kelly, but I haven't pinned down an actual source for that story. Is that in the Haines biography Wisecracker?

Tommy O'C said...

Yeah, but it was a Tell It to the Marines reference!I suspected it was but I couldn't resist. :)

That info came from the Turner Classic Movie site's bio of Haines. TCM's sole source for that bio was "Wisecracker."

Semper Fi!

swac said...

I've read that Wisecracker isn't to be trusted on all counts, some of the research isn't to be trusted (the author takes some info from Gloria Swanson's imaginative autobiography as gospel truth, for example), but as good reads go, it's still a fascinating Hollywood story.