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

Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

We at the Gunslinger are sad to report the death of a true screen icon, Elizabeth Taylor, who, at the height of her powers, possessed one of film's greatest combinations of beauty and ability. Then again, she was also in some appalling dreck, but even disasters like Boom! are to be treasured for their strange fearlessness, and Liz rarely shirked from the challenge.

The obit in the Telegraph can be read here. And what the heck, what's one more photo?


Joanne said...

What a completed, accomplished and liberated woman who lived life to the absolute fullest.

Chip Hilton said...

The first photo perfectly captures her radiant beauty. My, those eyes!

Vanwall said...

Bummer, bummer. What a dame.

peterrocker said...

I have never met anybody who had violet eyes like her.
Sad loss but perhaps a relief for her considering the physical pain she was in for most of her later life.
Bon Voyage My Lovely

John said...

Sometimes, looking at some photographs of this woman, you are simply compelled to conclude:

"The Most Beautiful Woman Who Ever Lived."