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 #15

Gwyneth Paltrow


Stratu said...

God Almighty, what a beautiful, perfect photograph. Thank you.

Tom Sutpen said...

Isn't it, though?

I'm glad I was able to find this photo for several reasons (one being obvious). I didn't want to create the appearance that I only think actresses from yesteryear are hot. That isn't the case. The reason I've posted so many old photos is because, for whatever reason (and I have a politically incorrect theory about that which is probably just plain pig-ignorant) photographers simply knew how to photograph women better in prior decades than they do now. Nowadays, when an actress is photographed nude or in an alluring pose, the image is usually so un-erotic (to me, at any rate) it has zero effect. I mean, I might as well be looking at a guy for all the good it does me.

This image, which I found only minutes before posting it, is a clear and stunningly beautiful exception to the general trend; in fact, I'd rank it with the 4 or 5 sexiest photos I've ever seen (and I stopped having the hots for Gwyneth Paltrow about 5 years ago). Believe me, if photographers these days photographed more women with this kind of artistry you'd be seeing a lot more of their presence on this blog.

swac said...

It has a kind of Avedon feel...more like a '60s shot than anything recent. At least there's some artistry behind it, something that's been lost in the noise of the lad mags.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

It has a kind of Avedon feel...more like a '60s shot than anything recent.

That's a good point. Bardot, for one, would not have been unthinkable in that photo, in that pose.

I'm assuming this isn't a recent photo of Paltrow. Forgive the sexism of the following, but when she hit the wall a few years back, I counted it as a minor tragedy because she was aggressively hot when she came on the scene.

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