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 #528

Dolores Del Rio, Basil Rathbone, Gary Cooper and Lili Damita


Christopher said...

ohh I wanna be at that table! :o(

Tempest said...

Basil hoping for crumbs.

Sorry Sherlock.
Size does matter.

Christopher said...

I can just hear Coop in that drawl of his,quietly as Basil leans in.
"meet-me-out back -in-15 mins. and -I'll-show you a REAL bottle neck"

Basil-Alright old fellow,you'll loose..

Vanwall said...

That's actually the loveliest shot of Lily I can remember; usually they were pieces-of-meat shots, and in this one, she's almost contemplatively innocent looking; yeah, I know that's an illusion, but this kind of ephemeral beauty is rare, and should be remembered.