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 #55

Benjamin Siegel and George Raft


Brent McKee said...

Of all the guys who playd gangsters in the movies, Raft was the one who was really "connected". I think it's reasonably obvious tha the character of "Dixie" in The Cotton Club is (very) loosely based on Raft.

He knew Ben Seigel from New York when they were kids. Max Allan Collins' novel Neon Mirage is a pretty enjoyable read on Seigel and the Flamingo, and has Raft as a connection between the lead character and Seigel.

Tom Sutpen said...

My favorite Raft story is probably apochryphal (all the really good ones are), but it's said that when several Hollywood figures tried to mobilize their fellow-stars against the Blacklist, Raft was approached and his help sought.

To which he (reportedly) replied: "Where were you people when Benny Siegel needed you?"