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

The Art of the Centerfold #24


Jessica St. George
(Miss February, 1965)

7 comments :

Brent McKee said...

What's amazing about this picture is that it's 1965 and you really don't see anything. So I checked my 50th Anniversary Playboy and deiscovered that you cheated Tom; this isn't the actual centerfold shot.

Tom Sutpen said...

Shhhhh . . .

Centerfold, shmenterfold. She hot!

Actually, I was originally going to call this The Art of the Playmate, but I wanted to leave it open lest I found similar images from publications other than Playboy. Art of the Centerfold seemed like an appropriately generic title.

Flickhead said...

That's probably the best photo you've ever posted.

Brent McKee said...

Hey, I don't deny that she's hot. In fact I think that this picture is an order of magnitude hotter than the actual centerfold shot where she's showing off her goodies. There's a mixture of sauciness and innocence (or something) here that is totally absent in her gatefold shot.

Vanwall said...

Actually, Playboy had a nice feel for saucy innocence, especially when the girls were partially clad - the suggestive was always stonger than the objective in the old Playboys. Playboy modelling back then seemed less straight porno for one-handed reading than it was a projection of carefully managed naturalness, especially compared to the "sleazier" mags. The focus was different than nowadays, and a kind of purity that came of the lighting they often used is sadly no longer in fashion. Yeah, it might've been the height of "blow-off", by a very sophisticated carnival, but, damn, I looked forward to them.

BCNU

eva lake said...

What best about the pic (if you're a femme bombarded by the fake) is how natural and real all the body parts are. Real softeness, real breasts, perfectly acceptable and delicious.

thatboyaintright said...

Beautiful! I'd say her look is one of "mischievous curiosity" - excellent shot!