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

Sex Education #105


Diana Rigg

12 comments :

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Yowsah!

Diana Rigg has recently turned 70...and she's still the ginchiest!

swac said...

Seriously...who else could look as fetching with every inch of skin (save her hands) beneath her chin covered?

I guess the fact it's skin-tight leather doesn't hurt...

Vanwall said...

There's at least a wall of shelves worth of volumes about her on this subject, altho I prefer the spiked collar jobber-doo she had on once. I have to go know.

Kreisler said...

Look at the photo, hear that theme music welling up behind her, get very hot and bothered.

swac said...

The spiked collar "Queen of Sin" shot was actually one of the very first things I ever posted on here. I should see if I can find another image of that get-up...

estiv said...

I just watched On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and she may be the strongest character ever to play a Bond Girl (of sorts, anyway). So of course she dies at the end. But yes, I was among the legion of not quite pubescent boys who found himself strangely--stirred--by the movements of Mrs. Emma Peel in her outfits.

swac said...

I blame Emma Peel and Julie Newmar for my incessant love of tomboys.

And possibly Jodie Foster in the old Disney flick Candleshoe.

Tom Sutpen said...

estiv:

Number me in that legion. I couldn't have been more than eight or nine years when I first realized there was something . . . very . . . interesting . . . about The Avengers, apart from the plot (which I only half-understood).

I wonder if Dame Diana is fully aware of the impact she has had on the formative years of so many males, here and elsewhere?

Stephen:

With respect to the Jodie Foster/tomboy comment:

About twenty different jokes come to mind. All of them obvious; all of them (wildly) inappropriate on this, a Family Blog.

I will confess, however, that there was a time (early '80s or thereabouts) when I thought she was seriously cute.

Fred said...

Thanks for posting this. If Emma Peel doesn't do it for you, then you probably don't have eyes.

swac said...

Tom,

I actually have a Jodie shot for this series, I know I certainly found her attractive when I saw some of her teenage films (Taxi Driver I didn't see until later) while I was still the appropriate age (she's about five years older than me, I think).

I really wish she could find a way to stop making drivel like Contact or Nell though. The cameo in A Very Long Engagement was nice to see, and I suppose I'll get around to Spike Lee's The Inside Man one of these days...

As for the jokes, your better judgement holds sway, I see! Rumour has it after her recent breakup she's been seeing producer/writer Cynthia Mort, who's supposedly working on a Nina Simone film starring Mary J. Blige. Hmmm...

swac said...

Oh yes, I understand there's an episode of the series Extras with Ricky Gervais, where Dame Rigg makes an appearance, and he asks her if she still has the leather outfit. So I'd say not only is she aware of the effect of Ms. Peel on young (and not so young) boys, she's game for making fun of it.

lutefisk said...

God bless Emma Peel