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

I Like the Christian Life! #6


Original Caption:

Girl Evangelist Blasts Beach Iniquities

Boston -- When Mary Agnes caught this pair spooning on Revere Beach, her wrath knew no bounds. Incidentally she would not appear on the beach in her one piece bathing suit until she had securely fastened her stockings above her knees. "Bare legs," she shuddered, "not before that crowd." (1922)

3 comments :

patricio lopez said...

What's with the blackface on the "girl evangelist"?

I find the "bare legs" girl's shoes comforting...

patricio lopez said...

What's with the blackface on the "girl evangelist"?

I find the "bare legs" girl's shoes comforting...

Tommy O'C said...

I came across a NY Daily News piece from the 1920s in which a young woman at Coney Island was arrested for indecent exposure because the strap on her one-piece had slipped to the side of her upper arm. It wasn't as though her breast was bared, nothing like that. Just that her strap slipped, which was a total surprise to her.
When she was brought before the judge, he harangued her lack of morals. (For the record, she was a young woman of impeccable reputation, had a high school diploma when most Americans were drop-outs, and had been at the beach with her mother.) There must have been a public backlash because a day or two later, when she returned for sentencing, the same judge apologized to her for what she'd been put through and dropped the charges. It was revealed that the arresting officer had become the laughing stock of his station house.