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 #13

Original Caption:

Chicago -- Braving bullets from a trapped safe-blowing gang, policeman Arthur Olsen trades shots with desperadoes as he seeks flimsy shelter behind a car. Olson injured his face when one of the gunmen fired through a plate glass of the currency exchange when he was the first to investigate the call. Olsen immediately called for re-enforcements for the battle, which lasted nearly an hour, in which two yeggs were slain, two captured, one believed to have escaped, and three policemen injured. (1947)

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