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 #27


Miss Cora Pratt, the Counterfeit Lady
(Nov. 1961)

4 comments :

right said fred said...

Alright. I proclaim my ignorance. Who is Cora Pratt and why is she significant?

Tom Sutpen said...

I'm not sure that she is; apart from being the subject of this Diane Arbus photo.

swac said...

Miss Cora Pratt was the invention of New England socialite Polly Bushong, who would don ugly false teeth and a clumsy demeanor and show up at various events as a kind of prank in the late '50s and early '60s, and she was the subject of an Arbus magazine photo shoot.

swac said...

A little Googling reveals that Ms. Bushong was in her later years a painter with a gallery in Nantucket.