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

Artists in Action #537

Lon Chaney Sr. shows off the world's smallest makeup kit.


Fred said...

Happy Halloween, Lon!

marietta said...

Delon könnte in ein paar Jahren so aussehen.

Christopher said...

time for a Lon Chaney film!....i always thought that was a Watch

swac said...

It definitely looks like a watch, but if you look closely there are four or five tiny sticks of what could be greasepaint, and he's holding what looks like a cloth pad for application/smearing. At any rate, it doesn't look like there are any clockworks inside.

Douglas Fairbanks said...

This no-good, talentless sonuvabitch has gotten more goddamned play on these airwaves than I can stomach.

He was a hack! My pictures are vastly superior, featuring acrobatic grace and skill -- not the tawdry tricks of greasepaint and grime.

Please please please dsist from publishing any more photographs of him.

I implore you!

pedro said...

Nice one!

Stacia said...

I own this still. He's holding a watch with a secret compartment of what appear to be pills and/or drugs. I asked about this still on AMS over a decade ago, and someone (probably Michael Blake) said it was just a promo not linked to any film as far as he knew. The Silent Film Still Codes list seems to confirm this.