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

Welcome to Show Business! #39

Original Caption:

Court's Her Stage Now!

New York -- Facing a three year term in jail as second offender, Mae West is on trial for her part in the production 'Pleasure Man', a play which police closed in 1928, as an indecent performance. Many of the men in the cast have joined the Navy and were not in court. Mae is wearing black for her deceased mother (1930)


nursemyra said...

She's also showing her cankles. Go Mae!

Wellwynder said...

OK - so, 'joined the navy' - is that a euphemism for something?