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

Welcome to Show Business! #12

Original Caption:

Hollywood -- Evelyn Nesbit, famed Gibson girl and stage beauty of the early 1900's, looks at herself as she was 50 years ago. She visited the movie set where British actress Joan Collins is portraying Miss Nesbit in a film based on her life called The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing. Miss Nesbit, now 70 and teaching sculpture and ceramics at a Los Angeles art school, was a principal figure in the sensational Stanford White-Harry K. Thaw murder case in 1906. (1955)


Vanwall said...

A sort of Helen of Troy meets her pale imitation - there certainly wasn't ever anyone else close to Evelyn Nesbit in the last 100 years or so for inspiring death and debauchery so artistically, and with such "natural innocence".

estiv said...

I love that wary but veiled expression on her face. Like Fernando Rey's character in the French Connection, the years have not robbed her of her street smarts.