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

The Golden Age of Publicity #9

Original Caption:

Santa Barbara -- Popular actor Rock Hudson is shown with his bride, the former Phyllis Gates, following their surprise wedding on November 9, 1955 in Santa Barbara, California. Rock beams happily as his bride of just a few moments telephones the news of their marriage to friends. Hudson's wedding to the former secretary of his business agent, Henry Willson, took Hollywood by surprise. (1955)


Dan said...

What is this, Tom, a caption contest?

My entry: "...and Mom, he's been such a perfect gentleman!"

Mr DeBakey said...

"...and with the twin beds we'll both get a good night's sleep."

Vanwall said...

Why, yes, Mr. Otash, Rock's right here in front of me at the Bridal Suite - I told you we'll be a happy hetero couple, so you can forget about those rumors about both of us. Oh, and about that other matter, I'll call you later with some special instructions!

SomeNYGuy said...

The first of many "surprises"!

Rene said...

"Hello, room service? Could I get some vaseline and cotton balls, please? Thanks."