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 an Item #3

Mike Todd, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher


Testify said...

Wow! talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!You can almost feel the tension.

Brent McKee said...

There wouldn't be any tension at this point. Taylor has always said that Mike Todd was probably the great love of her life, while Debbie and Eddie were - publicly at least - a happy couple. The problems happened when the guy on our left ended up on a mountainside and Eddie "comforted" the widow. Debbie was betrayed, not by her friend (and the two remain friends today) but by the jackass to her left.