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

A Portrait for Jack Stalnaker


Tuesday Weld, when she was never lovelier
(thanks for the link, Jack)

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Tuesday's child is fair of face...*sigh*

swac

Richard Gibson said...

That is a nice picture. I like the one of her on the cover of the Matthew Sweet album Girlfriend.

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:ii6zeflkhgfj

Tom Sutpen said...

That's the portrait I was hunting for initially, Richard; the one Matthew Sweet used on "Girlfriend". I couldn't find it, though, so I went with this one (which is just as beautiful . . . damn, she was cute back in the day, huh). I have another one (in B&W) which might be even better, but I wanted something in color. I'll probably post that one in due course.

Richard Gibson said...

I did a quick Google image search and couldn't find it either. I found a site for Matthew Sweet fans which says he had to change the name of his record to accommodate her.