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

Before the Age of Multiplexes #24

With a fashion show, 1949's Under Capricorn and Easy Living, The Mayfair Movie Theatre in San Jose, California (1950) has a little something for everyone.


woid said...

This "Easy Living" is more likely the 1949 RKO film of the same title — directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Lucille Ball, Victor Mature, and some outstanding character actors. (

Though, even without having seen it, I'll bet it's nowhere as good as the 1937 "Easy Living" with its terrific Preston Sturges script.

Greg said...

Ha, I'd say you're right. I know the 37 version, not the 49, and that immediately sprung into my head. Post updated, sans dates. Thanks.