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

The Golden Age of Prurience #52

Teenage Mother
(Jerry Gross; 1967)


Fred said...

Never was there a more apt name for a grindhouse auter than Jerry Gross.

Vanwall said...

Isn't that pre-Governor Palin?

Tommy O'C said...

"Teenage Mother--means 9 months of trouble!"

Actually, doesn't the real joy of child-rearing begin after the first nine months?

Mika said...

vintage "Juno".

Tom Sutpen said...

It's probably a better movie than Juno (not the most difficult state to achieve, admittedly).

Actually, the film I thought of when I saw this was A Taste of Honey; though Arlene Sue Farber is no Rita Tushingham . . . a good and bad thing by equal measure.

Ann O'Dyne said...

oh that poor girl. First the chain gang, then knocked-up, and finally reduced to consorting with madmen.

Two Girls for a Madman (1968)
(as Toni France) .... Toni
Teenage Mother (1967) .... Arlene Taylor
Girl on a Chain Gang (1965) (as Arlene Sue Farber) .... Nellie

Tom Sutpen said...

Now, that's what I call a career!

I can only assume she must not have been that good, because playing all those roles in grade Z cinema could easily vault an actress to cult stardom.

Ann O'Dyne said...

... and oh VanWall? - what do you mean 'pre' - think Bristol ... or Lysol

and TS :
Poor Cow maybe not as uplifting as A Taste Of Honey, but the same genre. They used to be referred to as "those British kitchen-sink dramas".

swac said...

I just saw the trailer for this last week...great New Jersey accent on the narration.