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

The Cool Hall of Fame #185


Humphrey Jennings

6 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

As it was loading I thought it was Tim Roth.

H. P. L. said...

If this series has taught me anything, is that a backdrop of smoke is essential to look cool. In my next portrait, I will have somebody smoke a couple of cigarettes on the side. Or a car warming up.

Flynn D said...

I've always thought one of the coolest characters of late fifties television drama was Perry Mason's crack private investigator Paul Drake as portrayed by William Hopper.

He drove cool wheels, was ALWAYS smoking and, unlike the sexually ambiguous Perry Mason, we could be sure his evenings were spent entertaining a torpedo-brassiered doll at his ultra-cool bachelor pad.

Kreisler said...

Great photo - somehow you know he's marked for an early, outre death.

Andy 7 said...

I thought that was "Station to Station" era Bowie. :D

Steve said...

Pandaemonium: The Coming of the Machine. Mass Observation etc etc...

God-Like genius!