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 Woman Fit For The Devil's Temptation

Simone Simon: 1910-2005


Tom Sutpen said...

Eek. I didn't know this. This is one of those very rare instances where I can utter that classically phillistine phrase, "I thought she was already dead"

What's that "Woman fit for the Devil's Temptation" line from, Stephen?

Tom Sutpen said...


Is that from the "All That Money Can Buy" publicity, perchance?

swac said...

I made it up...but I was thinking of The Devil and Daniel Webster, a.k.a. All That Money Can Buy. And yes, I thought she was dead too.

I know she gets a lot of credit for Cat People, but dang she was simmering in TD&DW. The first time I saw the full length cut of that...well, it was a serious shock to the shammies.