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

Look Before You Leap #1


Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, 1966-1968.

5 comments :

Tristan Eldritch said...

Apparently an aghast Dino told Frank he had whiskeys older than her.

Seriously, though, that woman had no luck with the men - the Maharishi, Frank, and then Woody. Christ.

estiv said...

@Tristan, you left out Andre. She didn't seem to have much interest in anyone less famous than she was...sort of like Warren Beatty's series of relationships with Oscar winners.

alittlebitworse said...

This is my favourite photo of the two of them despite of (or perhaps in spite of) the apocryphal story that Sinatra served her with divorce papers after she cut her hair. I mean, he did serve her divorce papers later, but not as a direct reaction to the haircut. But it is a bit of Hollywood folklore I'd like to hang on to. I'd love to see a whole series of stars in apocryphal moments.

mister muleboy said...

I'd love to see a whole series of stars in apocryphal moments.


I'm working right this minute on capturing that photo of Roscoe Arbuckle with a champagne bottle. . . .

Brent McKee said...

Since Tristan mentioned Woody, there was a story at the time of their famous blow up that one of Mia's exes offered to have Woody's legs broken if she wanted. At the time I said it had to be Andre, because Frank wouldn't have waited to be asked.