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 Golden Age of Publicity #29

Irene Dunne pulls Cary Grant's hair in a publicity still for The Awful Truth. Either that or she's checking for nits.


Ed Howard said...

Great picture, not least because it captures the spirit of fun in the film itself. Grant always seemed to be having a ball in films like this.

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Hey there....

I've told you before how much I enjoy this site - for reasons I can't even articulate. I just know what I like, I suppose.

Contact me. I have an unpublished photograph of Lenny Bruce - one of the greatest humorists of the 20th century - getting hauled off the stage like a common criminal. It would be perfect for the gunslinger.

Here is my e-mail address:


Tom Degan

Vanwall said...

Chimp grooming.

Greg said...

Tom, check out this post from last week. I'm sure Tom (whose e-mail is included in the post) would be happy to have it for a Contributor's Friday.

swac said...

We like our Lenny in these parts, for sure.

Looks like Irene's got ahold of a leach.