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

Civic Portraiture #35


Margaretha Geertruida Zelle (a.k.a. Mata Hari)

12 comments :

Frank Coleman said...

Nice. Find.

swac said...

Always had a fondness for the dame, turns out we have the same birthday (which I also share with Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Stan Freberg, Billie Burke and Nicholas Ray).

MichaelRyerson said...

Not to be uncharitable but on the whole I'd rather date Carl Switzer.

vf said...

You didn't translate:
"Official photograph of Mata Hari on the day before her execution"

Gives it a different feel?

swac said...

Nope, pretty much the same feel (the fact it was German was a hint).

Anji said...

THIS is Mata Hari???? Wow. woof.

Brent McKee said...

Well she was 41, and I doubt if they let her have make-up in prison.

MichaelRyerson said...

Make-up? She'd have to slather it on with a trowel.

marietta said...

mata,mata where is the glamour,where are the chevaliers?
The biggest horror is a death penalty,but more penalty is waiting
for the hangman.

swac said...

Or in this case, firing squad.

marietta said...

Right,Swac-i mean it figuratively.
happy new year again,marietta.

Unknown said...

If she had makeup she'd escape.