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

S is for Steichen #17

Paul and Grace Hartman (1936)


Kreisler said...

This is a bit alarming.

MichaelRyerson said...

Looks painful.

justjack said...

"Yup...yup...I can definitely see that stray eyelash that floated up under your lid."

Brent McKee said...

Paul and Grace Hartman were Broadway theater and musical performers. 1936 was the year that they appeared in the Broadway production of "Red, Hot and Blue" with Jimmy Durante Ethel Mermann and Bob Hope(?!). In 1948 Paul and Grace appeared in "Angel in the Wings" for which the both won Tony Awards as the Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical respectively. Grace Hartman died in 1955; Paul in 1973. After Grace was diagnosed with cancer they moved to California where Paul was active in television, perhaps most famously as Emmett Clark, the handyman on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Mayberry RFD."