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 #245

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Marilyn Monroe takes a swim


Testify said...

Or more correctly Marilyn Monroe takes a swim in the nip. This is from her unfinished last film Something's Got to Give isn't it?

Tom Sutpen said...

It is. In fact, of all the surviving footage from that film, it's the only scene where she looks anything like the Marilyn Monroe of lore and legend (in the rest of the footage she looks like a junkie . . . I can't believe, even if she'd finished the film, that Fox would have released it without extensive re-shooting).

richat said...

Boy, she really was a beauty, wasn't she? It's a shame, the end she met.

Vanwall said...

There are moments early in her career, in "Asphalt Jungle", fo example, where her particular beauty is absolutely sublime - a kind of curious innocence mixed with sex oozing out of molecule of her body. This shot is probably the last of that kind.