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

Collect 'Em All #62


Mae West
No. 47 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Mae West was born in Brooklyn, August 17th, 1892. Both her parents were in vaudeville, and she made her stage appearance at the age of six. For some time she appeared in vaudeville, and even performed the first professional "hula" dance ever seen in America. Then she began to write and produce her own plays, and won fame on Broadway as Diamond Lil. She steadily gained in popularity, and was then persuaded to appear on the screen. Night After Night was her first film, for which she wrote her own dialogue. Her other talkies are She Done Him Wrong, I'm No Angel and Belle of the Nineties.

1 comment :

Joe non Papa said...

She's buried in Brooklyn, too.