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

Annals of Crime #2

Original Caption:

New York -- Nine women and five hundred men were herded into scores of police wagons and transported to Police Headquarters in the largest roundup of suspicious characters that New York City has yet known. The drive is believed to have been prompted by the State Public Enemy Law which forbids assembling of known criminals for illegal purposes. Authorities believe they will have to release most of the suspects, as there is no way of proving illegality in connection with their meetings. Photo shows some of the suspects crowded in an ante-room, before appearing in the line up. (1935)

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Round up the usual suspects. Must've been a publicity week.