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

Artists in Action #542

Marlene serves joe for G.I. Joe at the U.S.O.


Christopher said...

Lili lil' coffee maker in all the world

Check said...

The phrase 'cup of joe' stems from then Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels banning alcohol on naval ships and providing coffee in place.

FUN FACT: my middle school was named after him

Tommy O'C said...

She went on numerous USO tours in Europe and lived in constant fear of being captured. One can imagine the example the Nazis would have made of Lili Marlene.