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 #54

Grace Kelly


Vanwall said...

My favorite Grace picture. More than any other, it shows much more of that smolder she suppressed in public. There was real live girl under all that shellac.


Richard Gibson said...

It's a revealing photograph. I don't mean just in the sense that she appears naked. If you we were only given, say from the chin up, the way Grace looks at the camera it's like she has lifted her defences. Well that's just my tuppence worth. Nice photo Tom, thanks for sharing, I hadn't seen that before at all.

Sam said...

I never knew how beatiful she was until I saw that photo. Now I see what all the fuss was all about.

Can you get a shot of Dorothy Dangride up one day? Maybe you have before, but I may have missed it.

swac said...

I saw Rear Window for the first time on the big screen when they had that Hitchcock revival in the '80s.

Grace Kelly's first close up is likely what kick started me into puberty. That picture reminds me of why.