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 #223: Warren Beatty

Before


After

9 comments :

twister said...

Behold our/your future.

Tom Sutpen said...

The following comment was left by Robert Fiore, and would have appeared under his name had I not accidentally hit 'Reject' instead of 'Publish' on our comment moderation window (something I knew would happen one day). My apologies to Robert for this.

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No, if you want our/your future, look at David Crosby. This is what you turn into if you're incredibly good looking.

He may never have been a senator, but he developed the jowls of a senator.

estiv said...

Have to agree, he's not particularly ravaged. But then his drug of choice wasn't heroin, cocaine, alcohol, or marijuana but, to put it politely, women.

Tommy O'C said...

Why use Crosby as an example, unless you're talking to a drug abuser? Besides, Crosby was never a "heart throb," so he had less to lose. The BEFORE and AFTER Warren are light years apart. Yesteryear's stud extraordinaire is now OLD. Bottom line. There's no way Beatty can look at his old photos/films and not ache for his lost youth. He's so vain.

Trader said...

If you look closely to the last picture, you will find some similarities with Richard Nixon.

Just a coincidence, of course... ;)

Mike H. said...

Bullworth!

Fred said...

I thought his tie was apricot?

swac said...

At least I can't blame him for wanting to fly his Learjet up to Nova Scotia. (Another hint for those who wonder about that song, his mother Kathlyn Corinne (nee MacLean) was born in Nova Scotia.)

Coincidence?

Trader said...

He's so vain... ;)