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

When Legends Gather #629


Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Bill Boggs, Mason Reese, Dina Merrill and Gordon Parks.

8 comments :

swac said...

That Mason Reese is a baaaaaaad...

Frank Coleman said...

I was gonna do a Before and After on him, but then I found this and how could I resist?

estiv said...

This may break the record for the number of legends gathered.

swac said...

I think there's a gathering of film legends at George Eastman House in Rochester that's the potential record holder, but this is certainly one of the wonkier assemblies posted.

PopCulture said...

"Battle of the Network Stars"?

swac said...

Network stars? Well, I guess Warhol was on that one episode of The Love Boat...

estiv said...
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estiv said...

I'd like to make a request here for a pic that would fit this series that in all honesty may not exist, but if it does...

In his autobiography Harpo Speaks, Harpo Marx says that in the summer of 1928, when he was staying with his friend Alexander Woolcott on the French Riviera, he spent several days hanging out with George Bernard Shaw. One day they drove to Cannes where Shaw's friend Rex Ingram (Harpo has Ingraham) was directing a movie (The Three Passions). Ingram decided to use them as extras in a poolroom scene.

Harpo goes on to say that he believes the scene was cut from the picture, so that avenue is probably closed. But a pic of Harpo and GBS, that would be nice. Google images yielded nothing easily.