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

When Legends Gather #581

Hedda Hopper and Samuel Goldwyn


Fred said...

For someone so renowned for her costume design, that is one ridiculous hat with a rather sad frock. What spaghetti joint did she steal that tablecloth from?

Vanwall said...

She was quite the frump in a lot of pics I've seen.

peterrocker said...

Think you are getting her mixed up with someone else Fred. Along with Louella Parsons she was a Gossip Columnist with a nasty sadistic streak if displeased. She certainly knew how to dish the vitriol.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Probably thinking of Edith Head (see When Legends Gather #582). Hedda Hopper always wore over-the-top hats. She was also the mother of William Hopper (Paul Drake, Perry Mason's op). More tasty tidbits in the "Career" section here:

Gerard Saylor said...

She is someone Goldwyn would want to keep happy.