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

B is for Beaton #24

Katharine Hepburn


estiv said...

Sweet Jesus, what year was this taken? She looks like she's about fifteen years old.

As usual with Beaton, his attempt to create Art ends up instead as kitsch, but I find this more endearing than annoying.

Christopher said...


Campaspe said...

Always loved this picture of Hepburn, although sbusequent history made it a bit spooky (Sieg Heil!)

Tim Lucas said...

This picture makes me think we probably didn't get the best of Kate in the movies she made.