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

Artists in Action #633

Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner irons out the wrinkles.

3 comments :

MichaelRyerson said...

There is something deeply quaint and endearing about this pic. Ava Gardner, one of the world's great beauties (my personal favorite) and judging by her appearance/age here, at the height of her powers, ironing her own duds. A different time? Perhaps. Hard to imagine Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian doing the same.

Robert Fiore said...

As she makes eye contact with the publicity man, thinks "You know, we're not fooling anyone here."

Lori said...

Everytime I see this woman I find it almost impossible to believe she was ever married to Mickey Rooney. I just can't get over that one.