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 #51
Seminal Image #377

Claudette Colbert in
Since You Went Away
(John Cromwell; 1944)


swac said...

Hell, make it the Art of War too!

Tom Sutpen said...

Dammit! I thought of that about an hour after posting it.

Btw, I've got a photo of Colbert and Marlene Dietrich which is quite, um, interesting. I can't decide whether it'd make a better 'When Legends Gather' or 'Sex Education' entry . . . so it'll probably go up as both.

swac said...

Is that the one where they're at an amusement park or something like that?

Brent McKee said...

I can't remember guys, have you ever run the Shirley Jones pcture from Elmer Gantry. You know the one with the nylon or silk stockings? Sure to be as controversial as topless Lucy.

Tom Sutpen said...

You mean as a Sex Education entry?

Hmmmm. I have to admit this might reflect a personal bias, at least on my part (can't speak for Monsieur Cooke), but Shirley Jones . . . even in Elmer Gantry . . . never struck me as particularly, um, hot. In fact, I'd argue that Jean Simmons gave a far more sensual performance in that film. Shirley Jones' Lulu was a tad overwrought by comparison.

swac said...

For some reason Shirley Jones reminds me of Sarah McLachlan (or vice versa), which causes some very mixed feelings.

swac said...

And I never found Claudette Colbert sexy...until I finally saw The Sign of the Cross.