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

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #34


Original Caption:

5/15/1954 - Hollywood, CA - Picture shows actress, Maila Nurmi as, "Vampira", the most terrifying television queen in Hollywood with long purple fingernails, a stringy black wig and four bloody scratches just above her plunging neckline admits she is only a plain little knockout of a girl underneath the weird get-up. This lapland beauty hosts a nightime horror TV show.

3 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

That's one of the least vast waists I've ever seen.

Fred said...

Too bad she couldn't trademark her persona. A long list of scream queens (Elvira, Lily Munster, Morticia Addams, to name a few) would have owed her some serious royalties.

MichaelRyerson said...

Spent many a wasted evening with this woman and her sultry ways, beguiling eyebrows and plunging neckline. Ah youth!