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 #361


Louise Brooks crosses her legs alluringly

9 comments :

Christopher Newton said...

Ah, the Black Helmet. In her day, she not only could cross her legs alluringly - she was the most alluring woman alive.

PS: I am relieved so see Joan Blondell back in her rightful place as Charlie Parker's goddess. When I dropped by last night she was gone and I was afraid in your redo she had been left on the cutting room floor.

Vanwall said...

Brooksie had gams, lips, eyes, hair, that were all so alluring; sure, she had that dancer's small-breasted soma-type, but few women will ever match her in sex appeal, if any.

Robert April said...

Was there anything that Louise Brooks didn't do alluringly? I can sort of imagine her eating her corn flakes, reading names out of a phone book, and checking the ph levels of your soil alluringly. 'Specially that last bit.

Vanwall said...

I will never look at my lawn the same again! Yum! Thank you so very much!

Christopher Newton said...

Not only is Louise the flapper babe of the century - she was also a wonderful writer. Her memoir, Lulu in Hollywood, is a great picture of her high end flapper life right up through the GW Pabst era, when she turned into a serious actress.

Kimberly said...

God what a beautiful woman......

she makes me appreciate my own dark beauty when feeling inferior inside of a world of blonds....

Vanwall said...

Blonds are a manufactured commodity, much like diamonds and self-help books - I always liked the dark ones, anyway, and Brooksie was beyond dark, in more than one way.

swac said...

I notice she's been resurrected, or at least her hair has, for both Speed Racer and the new Indiana Jones theme park attraction.

Vanwall said...

Yeah, the new Indy movie is reinforcing the black-bobbed-devils stereotype, I see.