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

Broadcasters #32
Sex Education #95:
Maila Nurmi Dead at 86

Sad news opens this Saturday, for word has come of Maila Nurmi's passing at the age of 86. Time and tide came to know her best as Vampira, but throughout her long life she was many things: an intensely ravishing pin-up beauty, a Television pioneer (for KABC-TV in Los Angeles . . . back when local television in LA was something wondrous to behold), a Blacklistee, a Comedienne, a recidivist presence in documentaries on the life and work of the late Edward D. Wood, Jr, an Antique shop owner, an habituee of Googie's on Sunset and Crescent, a lover of many and, for those who did not know her, too few.

My Bright Lights Film Journal colleague C. Jerry Kutner has posted a brief and lovely tribute in fond remembrance of the woman who associated only with geniuses.

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

I've heard more than a few anecdotes about Nurmi - she must've been one helluva forbidden desire for a lot of people, unrequited or not. I actually prefer her pin-up work, like this one, to the whole Vampira persona.