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

Great Moments in Marketing #11

Barbara Steele poses for Vespa.

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Richard Gibson said...


I'd never heard of Barbara Steele, a quick butchers on IMDB tells me she was born in Liverpool and was in a lot of Italian, particularly horror films of the 60's. How did that happen?

Lex10 said...

ah - the poor man's Eleanor Bron

LEE HILL said...

Great face. I recall seeing her in a doc about Donald Cammell a few years back and thinking, "She's still pretty hot." Where are the snows of yesteryear indeed.

Vanwall said...

Holy cow, Richard, you missed the Great British Scream Queen - all her proto-giallos and Corman work!

Peter L. Winkler said...

She's in 8&1/2, too.