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 #4

Original Caption:

New York -- A group of revelers, all garbed as women, are loaded into a 'pie wagon' as police raid a masqued ball at Manhattan Center early this morning. Six patrol wagons were needed to cart the 99 men to West 30th Street police station. (1939)


Mr DeBakey said...

In 1939?

I thought there were no perverts in America until prayer was taken out of the schools.

Richard Gibson said...

'Pie Wagon', interesting. Here we say 'Meat Wagon' or 'Hoolie Van', an older term might be 'Bridewell Taxi'.

Vanwall said...

Black Maria, I believe was the proper term.;-)

swac said...

I always think of the term "paddy wagon," although "tranny wagon" would be more appropriate in this case.

LoungeMonkeys said...

I don't see any perverts.

I thought there were no bigots in America until we stopped forcing prayer in schools.

rookgaroo said...

The folks at The Smoking Gun would have been in mug shot heaven.