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

S is for Steichen #18

Joan Bennett (1935)


Peter Nellhaus said...

Hubba Hubba! (You may edit for length and clarity)

VP81955 said...

Joan was probably a nicer person, but I still think Constance is more beautiful.

Fred said...

It's amazing how the Joan Bennett most of us probably remember is the matron of the monsters in Dark Shadows and Suspiria, and not the gorgeous engenue of the Thirties.