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 #2

Conrad Hilton and Elizabeth Taylor, May 1950 - January 1951.


woid said...

Conrad Jr., that is, generally known as Nicky.

At first glance I thought it was Eddie Fisher, but that was three husbands later.

Brent McKee said...

The Wikipedia pages of Liz's husbands are set up like minor royalty. In Nicky's case it's: "Preceded by: None
Succeeded by: Michael Wilding"

From what I've read about Nicky, Liz should have just slept with him and moved on, but our Liz was a moral girl back then.