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

Welcome to Show Business! #3

Original Caption:

Turtleneck's Just a Little Stiff.

New York -- Actor Peter Lawford says "I love the whole change in men's clothes; the concept, I mean." In other words, Peter has gone mod, but he insists he's "Conservative Mod." Lawford is shown here in a recent photo, wearing an ultra-orange sweater with orange and yellow love beads. (1968)

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Went to a party at a friend of my parents about this time, and at least four men had this style or something very similar, all older successful businessmen with trophy wives. I was trying to figure out what the attraction was, 'cause it wasn't the mock turtle necks, (no beads in that crowd), and I was old enough to sense the underlying desperation there - then I realized who was really the alpha animal in their relationships. A sad thing to learn when you've still got the idealism of youth - suddenly, the pieces click into place, and you've looked into the abyss without realizing it.