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 #191: Lillian Hellman




Robert Fiore said...

No question she got scary ugly in her old age, but it's not as if she were a beauty queen to begin with. It's kind of like an after in search of a before.

estiv said...

Is the "after" photo her Blackglama shot?

Marshall-Stacks said...

Thank you estiv (above) for reminding me of What Becomes A Legend Most?
Errant Aesthete has just blogged the whole story of Hellman's inclusion and a great story that someone wrote to the fur company saying "how great you did Bert Lahr" !!