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

When Legends Gather #548


Gloria Vanderbilt, Pearl Bailey and Truman Capote

6 comments :

BwcaBrownie said...

... and they all look like happy people.

Adam Saroyan's book TRIO, about the friendship of Ms Vanderbilt, Oona O'Neill and his mother Carole, is a great read.
Gloria says to Carole "I wrote to Oona saying how depressed I was, and by reply she sent me a diamond necklace. What will I do?!"
and Carole said:
"Write back saying Still depressed - keep 'em coming".

marietta said...

Es ist die schier unnachahmliche Grazie in Ausdruck und Haltung,mit der Herr Capote seinen Kelch gegen die Kaffeetasse von Frau Vanderbilt erhebt.Lustig,Tom thanks for posting this,nice Week.

MichaelRyerson said...

Would love to know who is sitting at the table just out-of-frame on the left. Could those be the hands of Stokowski?

Tommy O'C said...

Answered Prayers in the making...

Rachel said...

Did they have a clue how many people would idolize them?

Rachel said...

Brilliant shot.