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

Artists in Action #119

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Marilyn Monroe reads Ulysses.

My sincere thanks to Mark at Movie Masterworks for this superb image.

5 comments :

God Is My Codependent said...

Looks like she finished the book and is now just staring at the inside back cover.

Mike D said...

always loved this photo - a similar one was used for an anthology of irish prose a while back but the shot was fully face on.

swac said...

Reminds me of an episode of WKRP, where amidst the wacky goings-on, Jennifer (Loni Anderson) is shown at her desk reading Ulysses, and over the course of the episode, she makes her way from start to finish.

But it wasn't until the third time or so that I'd seen it that I spotted the gag.

Steve said...

Well, hell. If Norma Jean can read that, why can't I? (Oh yeah. Short attention span.)

Tommy O'C said...

I think she wanted to read the ending first...