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

Ziegfeld Girls #16


Original Caption:

Heat Drives Follies Girls to Roof for Rehearsals.

New York -- Pearl Eaton, Marie Wallace and Leonore Baron, members of the Ziegfeld Follies Company, give pedestrians on the streets below a couple of eyes-full while they go through their daily rehearsals on the roof of the New Amsterdam Theater. The extreme heat made it necessary for the girls to be put through their paces in the open. (1922)

3 comments :

la peregrina said...

Pearl Eaton and her sister Doris were both Ziegfeld Follies girls. Pearl died in 1959 at age 60 while her sister Doris is still living and has reached the age of 105.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/arts/dance/27follies.html

Christopher said...

poor hot follies goils..I've often wondered how long I'd last in 1922 without the AC..

John Smith said...

Pearl Eaton was murdered in 1960. The case remains unsolved.