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 #623


Gregory Peck, Patty Duke, Joan Crawford and Ed Begley bask in the moment.

6 comments :

jim smith said...

For what did Joan Crawford win an Oscar? I don't remember that.

swac said...

In case you're wondering, Joan didn't win an Oscar for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (in fact, it was Bette who was nominated), she accepted on behalf of an absent Anne Bancroft.

And Ed won for Sweet Bird of Youth, not Wild in the Streets.

swac said...

Whoa, Jim, you're fast on the button! I was writing the explanation the minute after I posted the image...

Peter Nellhaus said...

One of JC's dumber stunts. Bette was nominated, and Joan let her not inconsiderable ego get in the way. Had Bette won for Baby Jane, Joan would have probably made more money as she had a share in that film's profits.

Loyolalaw98 said...

Odd factoid - the date of this photograph - 08 APR 1963 - is also the birthday of John Lennon's son Julian Lennon.

DickGreenleaf said...

Joan so hated Bette Davis that she volunteered to pick up the award for all the other actresses if they couldn't attend