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

Seminal Image #944


Night Nurse
(William A. Wellman; 1931)

5 comments :

Christopher said...

dare I say it?....Cute picture

Robert Fiore said...

. . . and possibly not the only time in her life Barbara Stanwyck was in that situation . . .

Chris Oliver said...

Oh man, I need to see this.

pal shazar said...

wouldn't it be great if hundreds of pre code films came out?

swac said...

Not for my wallet, it wouldn't. That batch of Universal (well, Paramount) pre-codes that came out recently was a nice score. But still no Temple Drake.

Hopefully I'll be able to get those new Warner Archive releases in Canada soon. I could really use a nice copy of Beast of the City.