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 Art of Cinema #387


Apache
(Robert Aldrich; 1954)

The Heretofore Unmentioned #73


William Goldman

The Art of Travel #24

Shutterbugs #3


William Klein

P is for Pulp #40


Startling Detective (October, 1937)

Artists in Action #503


Charles Addams gets inspired.

Great Moments in Moxie #20


Into the 1940s, Coca Cola begins to tower over Moxie, as shown in Lowell, Mass. in January, 1941.

(Thanks to the fine folks at the Shorpy Photo Archive for the use of this image, and a couple of others coming up in the series. You can see a high-res version of the photo here.)

Men of the West #36


Buck Jones

The Friends of Milt Hinton #21


Ron Carter
(New York City, 1973)

When Legends Gather #523


Pat Boone, Sal Mineo and Bobby Darin find their way to the stage.

Marilyn in Action #22


Marilyn incognito

Twilight of the Dreamboats #8


Fresno, CA (1956)

Mop Tops in Action #4


The Mop Tops look up

When Legends Gather #522


Dusty Springfield and The Ronettes

Watts! #3

Seminal Image #928


There Will Be Blood
(Paul Thomas Anderson; 2007)

This Week's Weegee #57

Jesters of the Republic #29


John Belushi

Welcome to Show Business! #23


Way Out West
(Mae West)
(Tower Records; 1966)

When Legends Gather #521


W.C. Handy and Tallulah Bankhead

Artists and Animals #22


Jack Webb and an LAPD Police dog

Before and After #182: James Dean

Before


After

Sex Education #131


Soledad Miranda

They Were Collaborators #569


Bill Kerr, Kenneth Williams, Tony Hancock, Hattie Jacques and Sid James

Artists in Action #502


Gay Talese stares at a forkful of pasta

Abandoned Images #1


Frankenstein
(James Whale; 1931)

Broadcasters #68


William B. Williams (with Harry Belafonte)

The Art of Pop #36


Music, Martinis and Memories
(The Jackie Gleason Orchestra)
(Capitol Records; 1954)

Mop Tops in Action #3


George points at John

When Legends Gather #520


Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin

Ziegfeld Girls #14


Dolores Costello

The Art of the Gig #18

They Were an Item #74


Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden

The Golden Age of Prurience #56


True Police Yearbook
(vol. 1, #6; June, 1957)

Artists and Animals #21


Child prodigy Glenn Gould and his well-tempered tail-wagger

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #5


The Marriage License (1955)

They Were Collaborators #568


The Firehouse 5, Plus Two

Soul Stirrers #11


Curtis Mayfield

Aftermath: U.S.A. #8


Original Caption:

New York -- Candidates for the title of "Miss New York State" beam a half dozen ivory smiles at you from the top of a Jaguar D at the International Automobile Show in New York's Coliseum. Even the exotic car itself seems pop-eyed with admiration. From left to right the gals are Alice Heft, Long Island; Suzanne Schuster, Schenectady, N.Y.; Lael Jackson, N.Y.C.; Rita Hayes, N.Y.C.; Carol Ann Farrel, Albany, N.Y., and Carol Ann Westordorf, Long Island. (1956)

Seminal Image #927


Death and the Compass
(Alex Cox; 1992)

Annals of Crime #66


Original Caption:

Death in a Bronx Gutter.

New York -- While stunned spectators look on, an unidentified policeman is shown making notes over the body of a man identified as Eugene Giannini, 42, a Bronx hoodlum with a long police record. The body was found in the gutter in front of 221 East 107th Street. He had been shot in the back of the head and police think the body was dumped into the street from an automobile. Investigating a report that shots had been heard earlier in quarters of the Jefferson Major Athletic Club, police report that blood was found on the floor there during a subsequent investigation. (1952)

The Heretofore Unmentioned #72


Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (aka Le Corbusier)

Signs and Meaning in Cinema #24


Meaning: Artists and Models
(Frank Tashlin; 1955)

Tiny Giants and Tiny Mummies #2


E.B. White

When Legends Gather #519


Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Serge Koussevitzky

The Art of the Panel: Marvel #4


from Born to be Unloved?
(by Stan Lee, Gene Colan and Dick Ayers)
(My Love #8; November, 1970)

They Were Collaborators #567


Malcolm McDowell and Stanley Kubrick

Sex Education #130


Raquel Welch

Artists in Action #501


P.G. Wodehouse leans