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

Marilyn in Action #23


Marilyn shoots

6 comments :

Christopher said...

let Marylin eat her french fries!

I like this foto!

swac said...

She shoots, we score.

VP81955 said...

The informal, candid shots of Monroe reveal her luminosity (and humanity) far better than the more familiar staged movie poses where she had to look "sexy." And they seem far more timeless, whereas the other stuff will be stuck in the fifties forever.

Christopher said...

yep..this one tells you a little more about the real Marilyn.

Julie said...

Who took this shot?

phil said...


I wonder that myself, Julie.

A while back I wrote a story based on this shot:

http://quiet-streets.blogspot.com/2008/06/girl-with-laughing-face.html