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

Aftermath: U.S.A. #16

Original Caption:

New York -- Mary Joe Connolly, King Features Syndicate photographer, smiles a million-dollar smile to match the half-million dollar pearl gown she modelled in an interview on the Frances Langford-Don Ameche television show. The dress, made of 100,000 cultured pearls, is to be donated, after a tour of the country, to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund by the Imperial Cultured Pearl Syndicate. In addition to the pearl dress, Miss Connolly wears four strands of pearls valued at $250,000, a purse valued at $40,000, bracelet at $40,000, earrings at $15,000, pin at $10,000, ring at $10,000, and a single solitaire pearl valued at $35,000. Those two pistols say she isn't going anywhere with all that stuff. (1952)


Vanwall said...

Not exactly a cheap date.

marietta said...

After the zeremonie harry invited me to admire his fretsaw work from the last christmas.

swac said...

Geez, she's got a smile like Tilly down at Asbury Park.