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 #8
Artists in Action #328


Original caption:

Los Angeles -- This dramatic photo shows Busby Berkeley, famous Hollywood dance director, lying on his stretcher in a west Los Angeles courtroom while listening to William Alvin Hutson testify about the spectacular three car crash in which both of their cars were involved. Berkeley is charged with 2nd degree murder on two counts growing out of the crash in which two women were killed. Berkeley winced and tossed on his stretcher during the testimony when Hutson testified that he smelled liquor on Berkeley after the accident. (1936)

1 comment :

Lex10 said...

Hey Englishsters: he "tossed on his stretcher" Haw!