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

Poly Styrene dead at 53

Poly Styrene

Poly Styrene aka Marianne Elliot Said. Link to BBC here.

Pablo Picasso Was Never Called . . . #1


Woman Running on the Beach (1922)

They Were Collaborators #694


The Replacements

The Art of the Panel: DC #32


from I Know My Love!
(by Mike Sekowsky)
(Falling in Love #49; March, 1962)

In the Studio #74


Julie London

The Art of the Centerfold #60


Dinah Willis (Miss December, 1965)

Old New York #53


The Morosco Theatre (1917)

The Art of the Panel: Dell #4


from The F.B.I.
(Artists Unknown)
(The F.B.I. #1; April-June, 1965)

Artists and Animals #75


Joan Crawford and Her Desperate Dachshund

The Art of American Fantasy #48

S is for Steichen #19


George Gershwin (1932)

In the Studio #73


Jackie Gleason

Around the World with W. Robert Moore #7


A man paints statues for the tourist trade (Java; 1929)

Watts! #18

The Art of the Panel: Archie #19


from ...A Day In the Life of Ralph Hardy
(by Robert Bernstein and John Rosenberger)
(Adventures of Jaguar #8; September, 1962)

Fun at Bohemian Grove #48


Bohemians surround a painting of Gustav Mahler (1904)

The Gunslinger Guide to Jean Seberg #9

The Art of the Close-Up #11


The Rules of Attraction
(Cinematographer: Robert Brinkmann)
(Roger Avary; 2002)

Heroes of Animated Cinema #8


Porky Pig

American Logo #3

The Art of the Panel: DC #31


from J'onn J'onzz -- Wizard of 1463
(by Jack Miller and Joe Certa)
(Detective Comics #319; September, 1963)

Faces of Science #37

Rachel Carson
Marine biologist and writer, Rachel Carson.

The Frame Within the Frame #35


...All the Marbles
(Robert Aldrich; 1981)

They Were Collaborators #693


Paul Robeson and James Whale

Shutterbugs #9
The Were an Item #119
F is for Frances McLaughlin-Gill #11


Diane and Allan Arbus

All of Them Reds! #7


Canada Lee

The Gunslinger Guide to Catherine Deneuve #11

Politicians in Action #56

LBJ and Bob McNamara
President Johnson and SecDef McNamara share an "oh fuck" moment.

The Lunatic Fringe #3


Original Caption:

Lady Wonder the "talking horse" of Richmond, Virginia at her "typewriter". Police confirmed that the horse answers to questions leading them to missing children. The Rhines and William McDougall tested Lady Wonder in 1927 and 1928 and concluded the horse had telepathic ability.

The Art of Jazz #126


Dizzy Gillespie at Newport
(Verve Records; 1957)

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #114


Tricky gazes at the ceiling while being, himself, gazed upon (1972)

Images on Images #5


The Best of Everything
(Jean Negulesco; 1959)

B is for Beaton #31


Tallulah Bankhead

The Art of the Panel: Marvel #29


from In the Blaze of Battle!
(by Stan Lee, John Buscema, Jim Mooney, Sam Rosen and John Romita)
(The Amazing Spider-Man #77; October, 1969)

Action, Now! #19


Original Caption:

New York -- Nuns of the New York Roman Catholic Archdiocese march in orderly lines through the streets of Harlem during a mass demonstration of support for civil rights workers in Selma, AL. Some 300 nuns marched in the demonstration, which included more than 10,000 persons marching up Seventh Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares of the nation's largest Negro community. (1965)

Ben Shahn's American Life #31


Spring (1947)

Mop Tops in Action #44


Ringo does his best John Gilbert

American Logo #2

Adventures in the Official Culture #5


Original Caption:

Washington -- President and Mrs. Kennedy were hosts of a State Dinner at the White House in honor of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran and Empress Farah. Following the dinner the guests were entertained with a performance of Jerome Robbins' 'Ballets: U.S.A.'. Here the First Lady and the Shah, extreme right, chat with Robbins, extreme left, and a number of the cast. (1962)