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

The Art of Crime Fiction #11


The Asphalt Jungle
(by W.R. Burnett)
(Alfred Knopf; 1949)

3 comments :

SomeNYGuy said...

Nice, chilling graphic. How does the novel compare with the film?

Vanwall said...

The film had to tone down some of slightly more explicit references of the book, and the dialog is truncated somewhat, but it is essentially right out of the book. The robbery itself is actually improved somewhat on the book's rather anticlimactic version, and some of the names were slightly changed, don't know why. All in all, an excellent adaptation, well cast.

H. P. L. said...

great cover!!!

Pietro