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 #585

Ray Bolger, Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich and Michael Brooke, the Earl of Warwick, toast Mr. Noel Coward.


marietta said...

Für heutige verhältnisse sieht marlene merkwürdig unsexy u. uninteressant aus.die männer dafür um so besser.

justjack said...

Marietta, I think that dress suit of Marlene's is an epic fail, not helping her attractiveness at all. But most important, I think it's the camera angle. She needed von Sternberg's overhead spot, plus she needs to turn her head and face Cary Grant. Wow, she really did have a good side/bad side, didn't she?

marietta said...

She hat the weary charm of a elderly mistress for biology.

marietta said...

Justjack,i dont want to derogate her acting und success of Marlene Dietrich,not at all.That will and can nobody.It was only my impression from that foto,not the story behind,you right,good monday.

Cashew said...

i don't want this marlene to teach me biology. :(