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 Gunslinger Guide to Natalie Wood #6


Clarence Darrow said...

How can twenty-eight hours pass with no comments on this photo?

I have one:

va va va VOOM !!!

I'll Scope this one out -- often.

Tom Sutpen said...

How can twenty-eight hours pass with no comments on this photo?

I think that's because our visitor stats have plummeted sharply in the last couple of months. I could guess why that is and what my role has been in it, but in the end it doesn't matter. Whatever it was that had people coming back here again and again, we don't appear to have it any longer.

C'est la guerre

Fabian said...

I think you still have it, now more than ever. I can't say how utterly grateful I am for your blog and all the effort that must go into it. Because it, ultimately, changed the way I look at certain art forms and artists, maybe even at culture as a whole. So, thank all of yous. I mean that.

Anyway. That Natalie Wood.

Brent McKee said...

Not quite the Birth Of Venus, but an acceptable substitute.

Mark Connolly said...

Well, I keep coming back. The Gunslinger still has it for me, for what thats worth.

Vanwall said...

Tom, I think every website has dropped in visitations, and many disappeared completely - your stewardship here is invaluable. I like the new look, and value your unmatched site so highly, it really is like no other. Keep up the great work!

MadHatter said...

Your blog is stupendously marvelous,and Natalie looks marvelously stupendous.Keep up the great work,Tom!

Joe Thompson said...

Don't get discouraged, Tom. Blogs go through cycles, and there is a lot more competition out there. I visit at least once a day and I'm grateful for the way you and your collaborators share your points of view.

Melicia said...

Hi Tom! I have you blog marked and it is the first site I open every day at work (don't tell my boss). I've never commented before, but I felt I had to after what you said about the amount of visits dropping.
This is just a selfish gesture because I want to keep seeing what you have to show. So keep it up!
A lot of love from a small country way down south.

estiv said...

Amen to all the above. I'm commenting less than I used to, but I'm here every day. There is no other blog that I know of that does what this one does. For example, I didn't comment on They Were Collaborators #647, but I remember thinking that it was the kind of photo I was glad to see but wouldn't know where to find anywhere else on the Web.

mister muleboy said...

Whatever it was that had people coming back here again and again, we don't appear to have it any longer

The "it" that you have is an "it" that made me see the web, and culture (no, not just "pop" culture) in a vastly new, and exciting, light. Please keep up the amazing work. Doubts and second-guessing are fine in love, but should be avoided at all costs here.

Because you are the MAN!

Well, you, Gibson, SWAC, Kimberley, Cookie, and the Fast Car are COLLECTIVELY the Man.

Stupidity aside, this is an amazing, evocative, provacative place. My amazement is reborn daily.

mark said...

Tom, et. al.

Do Google Reader or [insert generic RSS feed data here] count for your stats?? That's how I stay connected.

(And, coincidentally, how I was turned on to your site via a friend's shared items.)

John said...

This is one of three blog sites that I go to every morning after I have worked my way through the NY Times on line. Always evocative of . . . something. Here, the sublime loveliness of Natalie Wood, perhaps the most beautiful brunette in the history of humankind.

I am still waiting to see the first photograph on this site about which I can honestly say, "Hey, I've seen that before." It just never happens. Keep up the excellent work!

Kreisler said...

As above