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

A Who's Who of The Jazz Age #1


Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald

11 comments :

asleep said...

< Ernest Hemingway once recalled being seated next to Zelda at a dinner party when she abruptly asked him: "Ernest, don’t you think Al Jolson is greater than Jesus?" >
-via Gail Jarvis

New series fit for Weldon Kees, if I may suggest.

MichaelRyerson said...

Near-genius

Joanne said...

What a gorgeous looking woman.

Jeremy Richey said...

Awesome idea for a new series and a beautiful way to begin it!

Universal said...

What a beauty!

Tommy O'C said...

As goodlooking as she is, Zelda must have been captivating in person.

justjack said...

She really was beautiful. What a great idea for a new series.

I happen to be reading a biography of Robert Benchley right now. Here's hoping that this series will be featuring the Algonquin Roundtable gang!

Andy 7 said...

The Jazz Age rules. Fuck these darn kids with their iPad!

Joe Thompson said...

This is a great idea for a series. Many photos of Zelda do not do her justice. This one shows why people raved about her beauty. Scott recycled many of her diaries and letters into his novels, which is why she said "Plagiarism begins at home."

Loye said...

One word: fetching.

swac said...

I guess she wasn't the inspiration for the Bonzo Dog Band's Beautiful Zelda, but she should have been!