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

The Golden Age of Prurience #13


Whisper (February, 1958)

4 comments :

Brent McKee said...

Okay, what was James Dean doing hanging around with Morticia Adams? And did Gomez know?

swac said...

Actually, I believe that's Vampira, trying to convince Dean that he could really stretch out as an artist if he worked with that radical, new wave director Ed Wood Jr.

Tom Sutpen said...

That is indeed Maila Nurmi (aka, Vampira) and I recall years ago reading an interview with her where she talked about James Dean and what a lousy lay he was (though wasn't it Kenneth Anger who called him 'The Human Ashtray'?).

But then, I've never seen an interview with her where she wasn't complaining about something.

ido said...

I love Vampira, but you are very correct: she does tend to complain a lot.