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

Women of the Stage #10


Sally Rand

6 comments :

swac said...

Did somebody burst her bubble?

Brent McKee said...

She had fans even before she worked with bubbles. (And she lent her name as a nickname for a Canadian ship - HMCS St. Laurent was nicknamed "the Sally Rand.")

hc said...

She also lent her name to a prototype one-man flying gunship (see it on youtube) and to a football play. Her patent on her bubble was requisitioned by the military during WW2. Yes, the fans came first.

Lex10 said...

My mom saw her perform, and said she had a ring on her ass from sitting on the toilet. True story.

hc said...

the ring on her ass was also patented and later used in military applications. True story

hc said...

by the way, I saw Sally perform many times and as she got older--into her seventies--the men in the audience were transfixed and the women looked angry