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

Friends and Family #2

Arthur Flegenheimer (aka Dutch Schultz)


Mike D said...

wow - amazing photo. very godfather-esque

Peter L. Winkler said...

Are you sure this photo is the Dutchman?, because I've read that he didn't die immediately, was hospitalized and rambled on for some time in a delirium with a stenographer writing it all down.

swac said...

The story is that Murder Inc. gunmen shot Schultz while he was at the urinal in the Palace Chophouse in Newark, but he was able to make it into the restaurant, where he collapsed in a chair until the ambulance arrived.

According to that story, it's entirely plausible that the picture is of Dutch, which also explains why the victim in the photo is still wearing a winter coat at the dinner table.

Vanwall said...

The interesting thing about this for me is the fact a photographer was johnny-on-the-spot - Dutch wasn't dead yet, and here's a piccie before the meat wagon is even there. If it was a police photog, there's more than a bit of talent in that shot.

swac said...

Here's another photo of the crime scene from the Newark City Star. I found it on a website about the Dying Dutchman.

Yaniv said...

he was obviously shot where he sits... look at the bullet holes in the mirror.