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 #27

Kathy Douglas
(Miss October, 1960)


Mike D said...

great photo. very sexy - and this naturaly lovely lady would never appear on the pages of playboy today i fear. shows how much society has grown in 45 years...

Vanwall said...

Fortunately for those that appreciate natural girls, the WWW now provides a much bigger canvas than Playboy, which has become quite the Zeppelin hanger over the years. Still, Kathy Douglas was as lovely coming as going, and one of my faves from the glory years - notice the lighting from that period, almost painterly, which is unrivaled today.


Steve said...

Bit skinny for my tastes; still, amazing photo. How come nobody smolders anymore?