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

The City: Reno #7


Original Caption:

Reno -- This group of divorcees are forgetting their matrimonial troubles on a picnic party. These picnics are a weekly occurrence. Upper right is Mrs. Roger Wolfe Khan, here for a divorce. It is said she will marry Russ Columbo, orchestra leader and radio singer, following her divorce next week. (1933)

6 comments :

swac said...

I wonder how that marriage to Columbo worked out...

Marshall-Stacks said...

I am reminded of the wonderful brawl scene in The Women (the good old one) where Paulette Goddard (wearing an adorable cowgirl costume) and Rosalind Russell duke it out in the dust, when they meet at The Divorce Central Dude Ranch for their 6-week residency ... one of my Finest Scenes In Cinema.

Marshall-Stacks said...

thanks for the fun swac: that Columbo story is really interesting.
What happened was Carole Lombard apparently, and he must have been telling his close friend about her when that revolver went off in 1934.
The chick in the pic however -
"In 1931, Roger Wolfe Kahn made headlines on the New York society pages when he married musical comedy actress Hannah Williams January 16, 1931. The wedding was at Oheka Castle, his family's estate on Long Island, and was kept secret from the public for two weeks, until the Broadway show Williams was appearing in, Sweet and Low, had had its final performances. The couple made headlines again when they divorced two years later and when, after only a few weeks, Williams married boxing champion Jack Dempsey.

Brooks said...

She must really have liked divorcee picnics.

Fred said...

Oheka Castle is just a mile from my house.

This divorcee picnic looks more like a charter meeting of Daughters of Bilitis.

Marshall-Stacks said...

I believe spending 6 weeks on best-behaviour in 1930's Reno in order to qualify for a residents quick divorce, would drive one to rampant picnicking.
I think also that Clare Booth Luce and Anita Loos must have written this screenplay in full cognisance of the Columbo story.