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

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Treading the Boards #15


The original cast of Camelot, Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, in rehearsal with director Moss Hart.

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #3


Today's Adventure: Vin Scully does his level best hosting It Takes Two on NBC, 1969, while a leggy lady sits behind him.

Annals of Public Performance #6


Ella Fitzgerald at the Downbeat Club, 1949.

Artists and Animals #42
The Gunslinger Guide to Julie Christie #19

When Models Were Models #18


Suzy Parker

Before and After #207: Otto Preminger

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The Art of Cinema #428


So This is Paris
(Ernst Lubitsch; 1926)

Old New York #42


Park Avenue (1957)

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #19


Family Home from Vacation (1930)

They Were Collaborators #615


Joan Blondell and Bette Davis

This Sporting Life #12


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Welterweight Andy (The Hawk) Price, beaten only once in 23 pro fights, now is co-managed by Burt Reynolds (r) and TV's Six Million-Dollar-Man, Lee Majors, who hope to keep Price active. Andy has not fought since last March. He meets Rudy Barro in tomorrow night's 10-round main event at the Olympic. Hawk's record is 19-1-3.

Treading the Boards #14


Edward James Olmos as "El Pachuco" in Zoot Suit. He would later reprise the role on film before becoming famous working with a couple of guys in Miami.

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #2


Today's Adventure: Lucy and Desi shoot a scene in the bedroom. I Love Lucy shot each episode on 35mm film with three cameras in front of a studio audience. How the audience managed to see anything I have no idea.

Annals of Public Performance #5


Odetta sings!

The Art of the Gig #25

Marilyn in Action #36


Marilyn sprawls

The Art of Jazz #107


Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
(Prestige Records; 1956)

When Legends Gather #570


Gypsy Rose Lee, Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen and Duke Ellington

The Frame Within the Frame #3


The Manchurian Candidate
(John Frankenheimer; 1962)

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Today's Adventure: John Astin and Ted Cassidy listen as Jackie Coogan entertains with a story (he's got a million of 'em!) on the set of The Addams Family.

Before and After #206: Myrna Loy

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'After' photograph by Roddy McDowall.

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #94


Tricky is so pleased with the Astronaut Aquarium he got for Christmas he wants to call all his friends over... before remembering he doesn't have any. If only he'd made a 'Friends List' too. Sigh.

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Ella Fitzgerald