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

Friends and Family #25

Original Caption:

Washington, D.C. -- This is the scene in the Senate Caucus Room today as Joseph Valachi testifies before the Senate Investigations Subcommittee. Valachi, who told investigators about his activities in the 'Cosa Nostra' crime syndicate, is also shown on the TV monitor at left. Members of the Committee are shown in background. (1963)


SomeNYGuy said...

Wasn't this shot reproduced exactly in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (original version)?

Tom Sutpen said...

Couldn't have been, since Manchurian Candidate predates these hearings by a year. This photo and the scene of Sen. Iselin interrupting the Senate hearing are similar, however, and it leads me to suspect that perhaps the wire service photographer who took it was in a creative mood that day.

SomeNYGuy said...

Of course, I failed to note the date on the photo! Eerie coincidence, though.