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 #209: Luise Rainer




Jennifer said...

Mrs. Rainer is still alive and living in London. :)

Greg said...

Indeed she is, and still active. It's her 100th birthday today and she will be celebrating at the Arts Club in Mayfair.

Alex said...

Happy 100th birthday, Luise! Here's a mix I made for her 99th birthday last year. She's a doll.

katewebb said...

My centenary tribute, 'Hollywood on Thames: Luise Rainer, 100', is at
Cheers, Kate

Zoe said...

yay Happy 100TH!!!!!!! thats so awesome. I look forward to watching a bunch of her film's on TCM, which celebrates her b-day. :)

Tommy O'C said...

This is so wild. I'm watching The Good Earth on TCM right now. Happy 100th, Louise!