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

Before and After #11:
Tallulah Bankhead




Vanwall said...

Well, the olde dyke aged much better than the vast majority of us, cigs and booze notwithstanding.


Tom Sutpen said...

Could the fair Tallulah really be called a dyke (even an olde one)? I thought she was . . . um . . . ecumenical.

Vanwall said...

I suppose one could say she had rather catholic tastes, ;-) but I'm voting for the strange sister incarnation.


Brent McKee said...

Tallulah (who was a Senator's daughter) was trisexual. Anything sexual she'd try.