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

The Gunslinger Guide to Elizabeth Taylor #16


12 comments :

Frank Black said...

Where's the rest of the picture?

mister muleboy said...

Oh, to exceed that frame. . . .

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

t'were best done quickly

estiv said...

I don't think that's Elizabeth Taylor. Where did this pic come from?

John said...

Yeah, estiv, that's her. Look at the eyes, the eyebrows, the . . . rest of her.

"Her breasts were apocalyptic, they would topple empires down before they withered. Indeed, her body was a miracle of construction and the work of an engineer of genius." -- Richard Burton.

marietta said...


Hearsay,

Burton say another time,that she is afterall a blackhairy dwart.
This not very chevaleresk!

Tommy O'C said...

Even from this angle, obviously built for "sin." And so "innocent" about it, too.

shapeshifter said...

Definitely not Liz's nose! Understandably , you men did not notice.... :)

estiv said...

@shapeshifter, yeah, a Google search on the image turns up the name "Joan Brinkman" and more revealing images that are from the same photo shoot (identical bedspread and pillows, etc.). But first you see many copies of this image, identified as Liz. Ah well.

Sir Marshall Stacks said...

Thanks Estiv - "Joan" is a lovely woman but she is no Dame Elizabeth.

estiv said...

@Sir Marshall Stacks, I agree. All I'm saying is that this pic is Joan Brinkman, not La Liz.
By the way, "Sir Marshall Stacks" is a great name. It raises the possibility of a related hyphenated name, Marshall Half-Stack.

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