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 #12

Original Caption:

Oakland -- Handcuffed and chained to Sheriff Earl Hollen of Gibson County, Indiana, convicted mass killer Leslie (Mad Dog) Irvin begins his trip from Oakland to Princeton, Indiana and the Indiana prison death chamber. Keeping a close watch are Indiana State Police officers Sgt. W. W. Cornett, and Lt. Willard Walls. The party left by Southern Pacific train after an airline refused to seat Irvin, "out of deference to our other passengers." (1956)

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