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

Great Moments in Moxie #4


Roscoe Arbuckle in The Butcher Boy. (1917)

No Coca Cola jokes, please.

10 comments :

Tom Sutpen said...

No Coca Cola jokes, please.

*****
Some accounts (probably those in the more upscale tabloids of the day) say it was a Champagne bottle.

Who knows? Who cares. It's great to see you back, mon frere!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Fatty Arbuckle was acquitted, though, right?

Kim

Tom Sutpen said...

Kim wrote:

Hey, Fatty Arbuckle was acquitted, though, right?

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He was. Took two hung juries before the third came back with a Not Guilty verdict after only minutes' deliberation.

Arbuckle had as much to do with the death of Virginia Rappe as I did, but that wasn't going to stop the DA up in San Francisco from trying to put him away for it after the newspapers were howling for his blood.

swac said...

The level of injustice practiced against Roscoe Arbuckle is astounding even today. Witnesses hidden away by the DA (house arrest, really), Rappe's licentious background swept under the rug...I highly recommend the two books about the case, The Day The Laughter Died and Frame-Up!

Tom Sutpen said...

'Frame Up!" is the best account of the Arbuckle trials. What always amazes me about that saga was how the authorities in San Francisco seemed to flaunt the fact that they were railroading him.

The thing I find tantalizing about 'Frame Up!', however, is the evidence the author uncovered of what could be Paramount's (or Adolph Zukor's) complicity in the matter; the suggestion that it was a scheme to embarass Arbuckle that flew out of control into a rape/manslaughter frame.

When the O.J. Simpson snuffs occurred back in '94, I remember having arguments with people who thought he was being framed by the LAPD (and this was a day or so after the murders took place, before the Fuhrman revelations) since he was a celebrity, etc. Anyone who hasn't read about Roscoe Arbucle has no idea what a celebrity frame-up is.

Brent McKee said...

It didn't help Roscoe that the San Francisco DA was a hack who was bucking for higher political office and figured he could get it if he could put a high profile accused in prison - or worse. Given his rcord on this and other cases it's actually amazing that Matthew Brady stayed as District Attorney as long as he did.

Tom Sutpen said...

Brent McKee wrote:

It didn't help Roscoe that the San Francisco DA was a hack who was bucking for higher political office and figured he could get it if he could put a high profile accused in prison - or worse. Given his rcord on this and other cases it's actually amazing that Matthew Brady stayed as District Attorney as long as he did.

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In those cases it's almost always a matter of politics. I don't know the dynamics with Brady, but every other time a DA decides to try a case himself and not have an exec. ADA do the honors, it's almost always because a) the case is high profile and the DA sees it as a path to future glory, and b) the case is wobbly at best; hence the need to bring as much prestige as the office will bear to the proceedings and hope the jury dosn't notice the flimsiness of the evidence.

Btw, belated congrats on your bloggiversary, Brent. Keep 'em flying!

Vanwall said...

Yeah, miscarriages of justice just don't happen like that anymore, huh? Oops, had one here in Dago not too long ago, but, nevermind, I'm sure all this brouhaha over in Gitmo and such are quite above-board. Not. The local DA looked to make hay from our scandal, then got the boot in the next election - it was sublime retribution. And the flaunt it syndrome seems to be the answer from all these politicos, and wait 'till a major case gets overturned - they won't admit it happened! Poor Roscoe - one of the first real all-media victims.

BCNU

Anonymous said...

Oh, there were scandals and "sex crime of the century"'s going on before Mr. Arbuckle's case. The only thing that changes is how much of the media is aware of it.

Kim

swac said...

I remember that Samson V. Delilah case...man, that really shook the foundations.