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

B is for Beaton #5

Queen Elizabeth II


Vanwall said...

One of best piccies of the "Auld Girl", I daresay.

Tom Sutpen said...

Agreed. Though the very recent, sans-crown portrait by Annie Liebowitz was pretty damned striking on its own. In fact, right at this moment I'm kicking myself (while typing, yet) for not doing them as a Before/After.


Vanwall said...

My personal faves are when she was still a princess, and shortly after she took the crown - there's one in her Land Rover that's endearing, if such a word can be stretched to fit The Queen.

Ann O'Dyne said...

difficult to look bad when absolutely covered in real precious gems.

I love it that punk designer Vivienne Westwood took that orb and made it into her own symbol.