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

Eartha Kitt Dies at 81


Eartha Kitt, photographed here by Gordon Parks died yesterday.
Read the BBC coverage of her passing here.

5 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

The epitaph: "All I want is all there is and then some."

grumpyg said...

she will be missed...

anodyne Brownie said...

CatWoman - miaow.

Laura said...

How strange that she should pass on Christmas..

swac said...

Weirdly appropriate, I guess.

There are a handful of amazing clips of her on YouTube, I especially like the B&W one of her doing I Want to Be Evil while reclining on a tiger skin rug, looking down into the camera. Her facial expressions are priceless.