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

Shutterbug Friday #10:
Genevieve Naylor (Act One: The Shtars)

As a Photographer, Genevieve Naylor came to a kind of prominence during the Second World War with one of those State Department gigs; chronicling life, as it was then lived, by the people of Brazil. Unlike Orson Welles, whose career struck a reef in that part of the world (and largely for the same sponsors), Naylor's work not only landed in New York's Museum of Modern Art (more Beaujolais, please), but it got her some sweet, post-war assignments for just about every slick magazine in that very slick epoch.

This is a sample of that work:

Louis Armstrong

Rosemary Woods

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Frank Fontaine

Jane Fonda

Gordon Parks and Albert Dekker

Althea Gibson

Ed Sullivan

Robert Evans

Betty Comden

Jean-Paul Sartre

Yul Brynner

Burl Ives

Dawn Powell

Jacques Lipschitz

Eleanor Roosevelt

John Huston

Dr. Joyce Brothers

Eve Arden

Paul Bowles

Helen Hayes

Fran Allison

Red Skelton

Evelyn Lincoln

Eddie Condon


Frank Coleman said...

Fantastic, Tom! Excellent post!

swac said...

That Kukla, Fran & Ollie pic just floors me.

As does seeing Yul with hair.

shrineodreams said...

Wow! Evelyn Lincoln and Rosemary Woods, Eddie Condon and Louis Armstrong, Frankie Fontaine and Red Skelton, Cartier-Bresson and Parks... I could go on. You do that on purpose?

Tom Sutpen said...

More or less . . . :)

Peter L. Winkler said...

My comment disappeared? Not the first time around here, either.

Tom Sutpen said...


I have no explanation for you. We're not moderating comments at this point, so anything that's posted ought to go through. It could be a problem with the Blogger system itself, but that's speculation.

Any event, your comments are always welcome here. Always.

Howdy said...


Muscato said...

When did people stop looking, as do these people, like grown-ups?

Babs said...

Wow, that Dawn Powell pic--amazing!