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 #15

Original Caption:

Brooklyn -- A teenage "gang-war" was averted Wednesday night when Brooklyn Police rounded up forty-six youths in the Borough Park area. Thirty two were held on charges of conspiracy to commit felonious assault and fourteen others were released in custody of parents on juvenile delinquency charges. Here the youths, backs to camera, are shown huddled together after the roundup. (1954)


Testify said...

Their is something rather poignant about the way they are hiding their faces.I am reminded of Johnny, Brando's character in The Wild One. In one scene some of the townsfolk are adminstering a bit of angry mob justice Johnny says with sullen (and poignant)bravado "My old man can hit harder than that." Wonder how hard these hidden kid's dads could hit?

That Guy said...

You're certain that you haven't mislabeled this one?

You're dead sure it's not the aftermath of when Jayne County trounced Handsome Dick Manitoba at CBGBs?

Tommy O'C said...

Yes, there is something poignant about young hoods who aren't shy about committing crimes against defenseless victims but are shy about having their photo taken.

N.Y.C. said...

Here are more pictures from that very same day. I have them posted on my flicker. This is the first time that i have seen this picture. I have never seen it before.

Godfather of Cosmos said...

I Love this photo