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 #14

Original Caption:

Castaic -- No movie fan is 'Daisy Mae', who swishes her tail willy-nilly in the eyes of handsome actor Robert Mitchum as he begins his chores at the Sheriff's Honor Farm. Mitchum, serving 60 days on a Marijuana charge, was transferred to the Honor Farm after he became a 'Tank Trusty' at the Los Angeles County Jail (1949)


SomeNYGuy said...

Lucky cow!

swac said...

But what is the milk going into?

Oh right, they took his pot away.

Vanwall said...

Wait'll he milks "Mary Jane" in the next stall.

David said...

Mitchum once said he had two styles of acting - with a horse and without a horse.

I guess he also has two types of community service - with a cow and without a cow.

Richard Gibson said...

I had to double take, it looked like Chico Marx upon first glance.

Richard Gibson said...

Stephen - ha! Very good.

crisco duchess said...

Hunter Thompson wrote about this ("Robert Mitchum...was the first white man busted for weed in my time"), and made reference to a photo I've never seen, but have looked for:

"I remember the photos: Mitchum wearing an undershirt & snarling at the cops with the sea rolling up and palm trees blowing."

Does anyone know if the photo actually exist, or was this just Thompson waxing poetic? I'm inclined to believe the latter, but who knows.

homesteader said...

I'm glad they got that dangerous criminal off the street.