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

When Legends Gather #14


Pope Pius XII and Liberace

6 comments :

swac said...

Is that his brother George kneeling in front?

Tom Sutpen said...

I wondered about that, too. But I couldn't tell for sure if it was him so I didn't name him.

swac said...

It's kind of hard to tell without the candelabra.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

It's kind of hard to tell without the candelabra.

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Nah. George didn't handle the candelabra, Libby did.

I mean, didn't 'Hollywood Confidential' publish something back in the 50s about Liberace always polishing his candelabra before a broadcast?

swac said...

tas wrote:

I mean, didn't 'Hollywood Confidential' publish something back in the 50s about Liberace always polishing his candelabra before a broadcast?

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Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

Bob Keser said...

That certainly looks like brother George looking up at PPXII (The Kneeling of Brother George).

More intriguingly, the other fellow on his knees is a dead-ringer for Ferdinand Marcos, no? Maybe this photo is more legend-intensive than you suspected!