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 #25

Marilyn stares


Tommy O'C said...

Marilyn drunk.

Christopher said...

another MM winner! ;o)

Tom Sutpen said...

Since I keep the captions on these MiA entries down to no more than two (occasionally three) words, I had not the space to note that the old duffer Monroe's getting stinko with in this photo is none other than Carl Sandburg.

Rumor had it that Joe DiMaggio, in a white hot fit of jealous fury, smashed up a table at Toots Shor's when he saw these pictures (yes, there are others . . . and a few of them are genuinely bizarre); even had Fred Otash (Private Eye to the Stars) shadow Sandburg for a month to nail down where he and Marilyn were shagging at; came up with zero, zilch, nada and jack shit, however.

Poets are a crafty bunch.

Tempest said...



But did anyone shadow Fred Otash.

Mac said...

Did Carl just come from a Sonny & Cher photo shoot?

Maureen said...

There's another image from this shoot where they're dancing barefoot that's also pretty interesting.

Doc Horton said...

Actually, Carl is doing his Gertrude Stein impression.

swac said...

Here's a video gallery of the Monroe-Sandberg meeting.