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

Players #1

Alla Nazimova


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Uh oh.

Rhys Ziemba said...


Christopher said...

move ovah Nazimova... :o))..I can't look at that name without thinking of that old ,pre-uncle charlie,My Three Sons episode where all of 'em are gushing over their favorite hot female movie stars of the day..and Bub(William Frawly)is going on and on about "NaZiMoVaaaaa"

Mike said...

Mrs. Keynes.

idodialog said...

Wow - not from my era tho this pic is still a strong memory from my youth.
Nazimova was a huge influence in early Hollywood, a fine actress who virtually introduced Ibsen to American audiences and then took over her films (thanks, I think to Pickford) including Salome (introducing Valentino to the world), and attracting a highly aristic, bohemian and gay (in both senses) crowd around her.

alx said...

I find your site to be very moving and beautiful. Thank you for it.