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

Before and After #169: Hugh M. Hefner




swac said...

Weird, he looks like Bruce Campbell in the first picture, and Laurence Olivier in the second.

Tommy O'C said...

That shot is from a public announcement he made after his assistant, Bobbi Arnstein, committed suicide rather than plea deal and implicate Hef in a coke smuggling charge of which he was totally innocent (a fact that the Feds were without a doubt aware of). Her only other recourse was going to prison for a very, very long time. Arnstein left a surprisingly coherent and articulate suicide note that totally exonerated Hefner.

Lex10 said...

He's sold old you could've done Before & After & After That