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

Before and After #248: Ruby Keeler

Before


After

7 comments :

chained and perfumed said...

Oh my.

mister muleboy said...

When I look at those eyes in the earlier photo, I can only say Al, you sonuvagun you. . . .

Greg said...

"Before and After" has been pretty amazing recently.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

If you live long enough...

Anji said...

Beautiful and wonderful actress. Gorgeous as a young actress and Gorgeous as a Mature, experienced woman!!!

swac said...

Ah, my homegirl (her birthplace is about 10 minutes away from where I live). Wish I'd met her when she made her last trip back to Halifax to pick up an honorary degree.

normadesmond said...

soup to nuts!