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 #36

Grace Kelly


slyboots2 said...

This one is particularly lovely. I've never seen her so ... loose and informal. Thank you!

Brent McKee said...

Cool exterior, smouldering interior, at least based on the number of pre-marital affairs she had, mainly with older men who were often her co-stars.

Vanwall said...

Still waters run deep - the camera loved her face, much as it loved Louise Brooks's, and portrayed both with an almost frightening capacity to show their unearthly beauty with hints of what lay beneath burning out right to the back of your skull - yeah, I can see that well of loneliness, too, behind their plainest gazes, which were really smoldering glances, if you looked even a little hard enough.


Pat Hobby said...

She was so beautiful in "Rear Window" that her every appearance takes me out of the film.

swac said...

I think seeing her closeup in Rear Window in the '80s (when they reissued all those long-dormant Hitchcocks) is my moment when puberty started.

Tom Sutpen said...

I was already well into puberty when I saw "Rear Window", but . . . when she leaned into the camera I felt as though it had started all over again.