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 Week's Weegee #103

They Were Collaborators #872

Billy Wilder and Otto Preminger

The Art of Cinema #579

Village of the Damned
(Wolf Rilla; 1960)

Seminal Image #1110

The Sound of Fury
(Cyril Endfield; 1950)

Welcome to Show Business! #77

Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- Seven beautiful girls, models for famous posters and magazine advertisements, are shown as they arrived in Los Angeles, July 19th. They are to work with Eddie Cantor, in his annual song and dance carnival 'Roman Scandals' for Samuel Goldwyn. Left to right are Katherine Mauk, (Wrigley); Rosalie Fromson, (Pond's); Mary Lange, (Camels); Vivian Keefer; Barbara Pepper; Theo Phane and Lucille Ball, (Chesterfields). (1933)

Orpheus in Action #37

Orpheus leaps

In the Studio #151

Thomas 'Fats' Waller

B is for Beaton #41

Jean Shrimpton

The Gunslinger Guide to Stanley Kubrick #5

The Frame Within the Frame #79

The Servant
(Joseph Losey; 1963)

The Life and Times of the American Motel #25

Fantasy Motel (Anaheim, CA)

Annals of Crime #123

Original Caption

New York -- In the doorway of his cafe, located in the heart of Little Italy on New York's Lower East Side, Angelo Greco lies dead, target of a lone gunman who fired four accurate shots. The slaying took place as the street was crowded with hundreds returning to their homes after the day's work. Not one of the people peering out of the windows - in common Lower East Side fashion - nor those on the street knew anything about the shooting. Police said Greco had a record of ten arrests and two convictions. One was for possession, one for illegal sale of alcohol. (1939)

When Legends Gather #844

Alexander Korda and Mary Pickford

An Illustrated History of Vice #15

Original Caption:

 Seattle -- A cured narcotic addict testifies at the Washington State crime investigation committee. The witness was allowed to wear a hood to conceal his identity while testifying on the narcotic traffic in Washington region (1952)

And Then It Was Ephemera #111

Illusion Travels By Streetcar #9

The cast for episode #9

Matthew E. Carter
Joseph Garza Medina
Brian Risselada
Austin P. Saget
Tom Sutpen
Peter L. Winkler

Before and After #330:
Salvador Dali and Laurence Olivier



The Art of Jazz #148

Jimmy Raney Visits Paris
(Dawn Records; 1954)

Behind the Scenes #48

John Lee Hooker

They Were Collaborators #871

Ray Bradbury and John Huston

Seminal Image #1109

Grand Hotel
(Edmund Goulding; 1932)

And We Will Never Know Their Names #9

Mickey Rooney Dead at 93

Mickey Rooney
(September 23 1920 -April  6 2014)
Obit here

Illusion Travels By Streetcar #8

The cast for episode #8

Joseph Garza Medina
Steve Pulaski
Brian Risselada
Tom Sutpen
Peter L. Winkler

Leee Black Childers Dead

Leee Black Childers
Obit here

And Then It Was Ephemera #110

An Illustrated History of Race Relations in America #19

Convention of Former Slaves (1916)

annals of public performance #86


Behind the Scenes #47

David and Bruce

Good ol' boy Preservation Society #1

Seminal Image #1108

Scarlet Street
(Fritz Lang; 1945)

Artists in Action #851

Gene Vincent rests.
Yakima, Washington

Before and After #329 Sylvia Kristel

Frankie Knuckles Dead at 59

Frankie Knuckles (January 18th 1955 to March 31st 2014)
The Guardian obituary here

It Was The Beat Generation #19

                                        That Herman Munster is one deep cat!

Seminal Image #1107

Wake in Fright
(Ted Kotcheff; 1971)

But Did You Read the Book? #20

Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook, adapted for the screen in 1971

The Art of Cinema #578

Crime in the Streets (1956)

When Legends Gather #843

Edith Piaf reads Django Reinhardt's palm

Illusion Travels By Streetcar #7 (part two)

The cast for episode #7 (part two)

Joseph Garza Medina
Steve Pulaski
Brian Risselada
Matthew Sharkey
John Calvin Story
Tom Sutpen
Peter L. Winkler

Fun in the Sun #16

Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis

The Gunslinger Guide to Miles Davis #24

Miles smiles (with Carlos Santana)

And Then It Was Ephemera #109

Heroes of American Literature #32

Carl Sandburg in Chicago

Artists in Action #850

Danny Kaye plays the horn

Vietnam - Dramatis Personae #20

Jeremiah Denton, dead at 89.  His early obituary can be found here.

annals of public performance #85 The Lost Highway #15

Carolina Cotton on stage with Doye O'Dell, San Diego, mid fifties.

Nuns Gone Wild #20

In the Studio #150

Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson