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

Before and After #204: James Stewart

Before


After

8 comments :

Zoe said...

James Stewart is awesome. alot less smiley and more rough looking for his common cowboy western roles in his later years. looks pretty much the same though. super pics tom.

Mike said...

From Ziegfield Girl to Anthony Mann courtesy of WWII.

swac said...

Before and after Anthony Mann?

Kerry said...

That before picture is super creepy.

Flynn D said...
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Flynn D said...

Read up on Jimmy Stewart's choice of roles after his WWII service to more fully appreciate this consummate actor's contribution to American culture. A true man's man if ever there was one.

Christopher said...

People will quote Duke Wayne..but for my money,Jimmy was "All American" in the truest sense...

notanotherblog said...

Christopher: I agree. John Wayne is pretty much a divisive figure whereas Jimmy wasn't. And I'm so jealous of any of his leading ladies.