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 #206: Myrna Loy

Before


After

'After' photograph by Roddy McDowall.

6 comments :

Kerry said...

I so love Myrna.

twister said...

Behold the (sexual)power of youth.

Roddy's photo looks kinda like a grab. I think this because of the slightly unflattering angle.

swac said...

I'm torn between Myrna and Carole Lombard for my favourite talkie actress...but that first photo might persuade me...

Mickey Glitter said...

Myrna Loy: so many levels of awesome, the mind fairly boggles. And then some.

VP81955 said...

I'm torn between Myrna and Carole Lombard for my favourite talkie actress.

Welcome to the club. Too bad they never made a film together -- their styles would have complemented each other. Think of "Outrageous Fortune" made half a century earlier, with Carole in the Bette Midler part and Myrna in the Shelley Long role...

estiv said...

James Wolcott has a nice post discussing whether Ms. Loy should be nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. There's a clip of her in Public Enemies that is apparently sublime. Here's the link: www.vanityfair.com/online/wolcott/2009/12/i-agree-with-the-little.html