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

This Sporting Life #26

marion davies and red grange
Red Grange gets his helmet autographed by the one and only Marion Davies.

3 comments :

mister muleboy said...

Number 77, the Galloping Ghost himself.

I played with his number on my back as a fourth-grader.

My old man requested that I never forget red grange.

thanks

Gerard Saylor said...

Go Illini!

VP81955 said...

That appears to be taken at the MGM lot in Culver City where Marion was working in the mid-1920s. A 1925 featurette tour of the place runs on TCM every now and then, and there are also shots of the studio exterior in the 1928 Davies-King Vidor classic silent "Show People," arguably Marion's finest work on screen (she was a splendid silent comedic actress and beloved by the film community -- the antithesis of the fictional Susan Alexander Kane).