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

Sex Education #14


Lana Turner

(many many thanks to Bob Keser for this yumminificent image . . . woof!)

6 comments :

swac said...

I once spent an afternoon with Daniel Mayer Selznick (son of David O., grandson of Louis B.) and although he lived in New York with his mother (a theatrical producer who put Streetcar Named Desire on the stage) he would go back to Los Angeles every summer to visit his dad and grandpop. He pretty much had the run of the MGM lot, and he told me one of his fondest memories was the fact that Lana Turner took a shine to the young tad, and let him hang out with her in her trailer for hours on end.

I wondered if maybe she was just being nice to him to suck up to Louis B. but I think the truth is more that she liked spending some time with a real innocent, someone who wasn't just there to bask in her fame or find another way to get up the ladder.

Tom Sutpen said...

I think that's probably very close to the truth. Over the years I've read about a lot of film stars (Garbo, Marlon Brando, etc) who opened up around kids in a way they didn't with other adults (especially those in the business) for that very reason. They didn't want anything from them; residual glory, advancement, anything.

Also, I've read that Turner was one of those stars who didn't go insane from their stardom and forget they were mortals too. She had a decent reputation in that respect, even in her party girl days.

Rob said...

Boy, could she pick some winners, tho, in her personal life. Was she punishing herself for something? She always seemed a little more real to me than say, Hepburn or Monroe, when I was young, and I guess it was so. Wasn't she just marvelous in "The Bad and the Beautiful"? I watch that one mostly for her.

BCNU

swac said...

Geez...well who else would you watch The Bad and the Beautiful for? Oh right...Gloria Grahame...

Bob Keser said...

swac said...
well who else would you watch The Bad and the Beautiful for? Oh right...Gloria Grahame...

Well, Elaine Stewart does have her ...errr....supporters. (Say, I wonder whether Weegee ever photographed any movie stars?)

Tom Sutpen said...

Bob asked:

(Say, I wonder whether Weegee ever photographed any movie stars?)

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Hmmmmm. Depends if any were involved in a late night liquor store robbery that resulted in a multiple homicide with at least one officer involved. Weegee would have been on the scene for that.

You know . . . now's I think of it, that sounds like exactly the sorta thing Walter Pidgeon would get mixed up in, so it's possible.