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

A Is For Arbus #3


Jayne Mansfield, actress, with daughter Jayne Marie (1965)

3 comments :

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen, where are you getting these Arbus photos? The last two I've never seen before.

Outstanding work as always!

swac said...

It's a collection of her magazine work. Found it in a local used bookstore that is run by Shambhala Buddhists, so of course I had to pay twice what it's worth.

But for ICPWAG,TBAWLODC, no price is too dear.

Brent McKee said...

Jayne Marie of course would later pose for Playboy, while her newborn Half-sister Mariska Hargitay would go on to be much more famous. Apparently by choice.