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

Camelot: Dramatis Personae #4

Marilyn Monroe


Brent McKee said...

What's the source of this picture? A beautifully composed phot, but she looks so "un-Marilyn".

Tom Sutpen said...

Unfortunately, I don't know its source other than it being a late photo, taken around the time of "Something's Got to Give"; when that horrible last year of her life was starting to etch itself into her features (I mean, she was beginning to look really bad by the end) and she was in a perpetual Barbituate haze.

slyboots2 said...

Reminds me sadly of the late period Judy Garland shots. Damned shame all around.

Rob said...

The real Norma Jean is showing through. Sad, very sad.


sleepybomb said...

i love this photo of marilyn, she looks so angelic and tasty at the same time.