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

Before and After #127: Sophia Loren

Before


After

6 comments :

Mr DeBakey said...

In one, she's a 9.5
in the other, a 9.75

I just can't decide which is which

Brent McKee said...

I remember Bill Maher saying that a woman in her sixties or seventies can't possibly be sexy and so shouldn't try - or some garbage like that. Sophia Loren is absolute proof that in this - as in so many of the opinions he holds that he won't actually debate - that Maher is full of bull crap.

Fred said...

Like a fine Barolo, Sophia just keeps getting better with age.

jacquefrost said...

clearly a timeless spirit

Vanwall said...

Watched her on TCM last night - jesus to jesus and eight hands around, but that woman oozed sexuality.

SomeNYGuy said...

I wanted to watch TOO BAD SHE'S BAD but a household emergency intervened. Saw just a few seconds of it, and even with an unbecoming blonde hairdo she was a traffic-stopper.