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 #9
An Illustrated History of Vice #6

Original Caption:

Chinese Consul's Wife Arrested for Dope Smuggling

San Francisco -- A diplomatic tangle involving the United States and China arose following the discovery of opium and contraband laces and silks worth $600,000 in the trunk of Mrs. Ying Kao, wife of the Chinese Vice Consul at San Francisco. This photo shows John Toland, U.S. Appraiser's custodian, holding two of the opium tins found in the trunk belonging to Mrs. Ying Kao. (1929)


Vanwall said...

"I'm shocked, Ricky, shocked..."

Mr DeBakey said...

Sounds like a case for the
Continental Op