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 #11
Welcome to Show Business! #5

Original caption:

Remember Me?

Hollywood -- While the kids watch a cute little girl called Shirley Jean in old 'Our Gang' movies on TV, their parents can watch the same girl doing bumps and grinds at a Hollywood burlesque theater. In her dressing room at the New Follies, Shirley Jean, now grown up and billed as "Gilda and Her Crowning Glory," points to a picture of herself as one of the 'Our Gang' kids. (1955)


swac said...

*tries to come up with a Spanky joke*

swac said...

It turns out Shirley Jean has a website and she doesn't shy away from her burlesque background.

Too bad the pictures are so small...

estiv said...

I like that mention of "their parents." Yes, Mom is going to accompany Dad when he visits the local burlesque theater. She'll be wearing a nice hat, decent coat, and matching purse and shoes for the big night out, watching a woman undress in public.

Fred said...

Now we know what made Alfalfa's hair stand up!