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

The Gunslinger Guide to Natalie Wood #21

Artists in Action #640

Jane Wyatt bowls!

Annals of Public Performance #36

Sylvie Vartan on Stage at the Olympia Hall, Paris, France, 1968.

The Future is Now #42

1953. Swanson introduces the TV Dinner (and trademarks the name).

Before the Age of Multiplexes #22

The Lyric Theatre, New York, NY.

Old New York #54

Herald Square (1936)

Artists in Action #639

Marlene Dietrich dances with a French sailor, July 14, 1944, celebrating Bastille Day.

Treading the Boards #39

Lee J. Cobb, Mildred Dunnock and Arthur Kennedy in original production of Death of a Salesman, 1949.

The Fair: Building a Better Tomorrow #9

The Lucky Strikes Cigarettes and Wonder Bread buildings, seen by day and night.

Dreamland Destinations #4

In Dreamland, your destination may change without notice.

Bedford Falls/Pottersville (It's a Wonderful Life, d. Frank Capra, 1946)

The First Person You See #7

After many glimpses of her hands and profile, we finally see Comtesse Louise's (Danielle Darrieux) lovely face. The Earrings of Madame de... (d. Max Ophüls, 1953)

Artists and Animals #79

Madeleine Carroll and Susie

This Sporting Life #32

Original Caption:

Gene Fullmer receives a crushing right from Neal Rivers during their 10-round bout at Madison Square Garden. Fullmer, a former middleweight champion, would go on to win the bout by a majority decision.

Broadcasters #87

John Chancellor goes mobile for the 1968 Democratic Convention.

The Future is Now #41

In the future, pay phones will be shaped like space capsules. Shortly after, they'll stop existing all together (pay phones and space capsules, that is).

Marilyn in Action #55

Marilyn celebrates the 4th... carefully.

Before and After #244: Robert Moses



The Cool Hall of Fame #207

Anna Karina

They Were Collaborators #697

Samuel Fuller and Constance Towers

The First Person You See #6

Helen (Kitty Winn), Panic in Needle Park (d. Jerry Schatzberg, 1971)

Dreamland Destinations #3

Burpelson Air Force Base,(Dr. Strangelove, d. Stanley Kubrick, 1964)

Annals of Public Performance #38

Tina Turner performs her part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, at the Apollo, 1968.

Before the Age of Multiplexes #21

The Rivoli Theater, New York, NY.

When Legends Gather #627

Gloria Vanderbilt and Truman Capote