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 #702

Marlene Dietrich and Amelia Earhart

'Round-the-world thanks to our pal, Pal Shazar, for this image.


Jeffinprov said...

Ah, Marlene, just the simple fraulein. Braided plaits and Grossmutter's nightgown. My ass. The amazing thing about her is that one half-believes it. What must Earhart be thinking?

JonCow said...

Interestingly, the girl in the framed print seems to be just as enamored of Amelia as is Marlene.

Frank Van Haste said...

What the H___ is going on here? Did Dietrich ever have anything to do with aviation?