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 #329

Barbara Streisand is photographed watching herself with rapt attention


Testify said...

Some reference to Best Actress, Miss Jean Brodie and Maggie Smith on the blackboard I see so presumably this is an awards ceremony. Maybe Streisand is watching for her cue?

Brent McKee said...

1970 Oscars. You might notice the note on the blackboard says "Best Actress Accepting Alice Ghostly [for] Maggie Smith." Alice Ghostly accepted the Oscar for Maggie Smith for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" when Smith was unable to attend.

Testify said...

I did notice that Brent but wasn't sure what to make of it. Thanks for the info.