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 #107

Clara Bow


Brent McKee said...

I wonder if the reality will ever outshine the legend? The legend - the sexual dynamo who supposedly bedded the entire 1927 USC Trojans football team; the reality - victim of physical abuse from her mother and incest from her father which pretty much left her screwed up for the rest of her life.

swac said...

Hard to say...her mental breakdown in her later years is pretty well known, but then again I doubt many people these days even know who Clara Bow is, let alone the myth and tragedy surrounding her name.

Vanwall said...

She was used in a political cartoon just the other day, as an example of John McCain's out-of-touch-with-the-times celebrity list.

swac said...

I know McCain's old, but he's not THAT old.

Maybe Mamie Van Doren old.

Vanwall said...

I think it worked pretty well, tho, and she was in good company with Ms Boop: