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

They Were Collaborators # 318

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The parents of Charlotte Gainsbourg


Jürgen said...

Great stuff as always, Tom. If I may be so bold, I collected a bunch of Serge/Jane/Charlotte videos at the bottom of this review of L'Effronte. Hope you dig.

Jeremy Richey said...

Great stuff,
I have special Jane Birkin posts every Monday at my blog. These two, as well as Charlotte, are among my all time favorites. I just adore them...great photo. Thanks for posting.

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks for the link! Excellent blog, Jurgen.

However, I can't take credit for posting this here image, much as I wish I had. That was Monsieur Gibson's doing. So I'll join you in thanking him.

Richard Gibson said...

Merci, garcons.