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

Art of the Girlie Mag #20

(Volume 4, #7; September, 1959)


Brent McKee said...

Am I supposed to feel titillated by this photo of this young lady? Because I really don't. If I were living in 1959 (which I was) and were age appropriate (which I wasn't and am not) I'd ask her out on a date and feel happy if I only made it to first base. She has the quality that Hef said he wanted in his Playmates, namely the "Girl Next Door" look in spades. In fact she's downright wholesome.

MichaelRyerson said...

Don't feel bad, Brent, I'm sufficiently titillated for the both of us. And I was 'age appropriate' in 1959, at fifteen I was just entering my prime titillating years. Believe me when I tell you, I made the most of them.

Brent McKee said...

I was 3.

Somehow she reminds me of Shirley Temple arond the time she did "Fort Apache." Very attractive but wholesome as opposed to most of the women who wee on the cover of these magazines.

Ace89 said...

I remember Rogue; I was in my early teens and thought it was pretty spicy. They don't make 'em like that anymore.