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 #231: Ian McKellen




okinawaassault said...

I didn't know he was ever that young.

Tom Sutpen said...

Kimberly, you beat me to it. I had the 'Before' on my harddrive, but couldn't find an appropriate 'After'. This one's perfect (looks like Captain Ahab about to emcee a Gay Pride event).

Well done!

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

Glad you liked it, Tom. I like the contrast of images. He looks so much more relaxed and happy in the second pic, but he sure was a looker (and a great dresser!) in his younger years.

Alexis said...

hellz yes.