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 #22


Original Caption:

Gail Fails to Convince Cops.

Hollywood -- Actress Gail Russell shows her wing spread to a critical cop as she failed to pass a sobriety test given her by the police after her new convertible crashed through the front of a Hollywood restaurant. A night porter was seriously injured and Miss Russell suffered a slight cut on the bridge of her nose. The actress was booked on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. (1957)

3 comments :

Monte said...

Is that Marty Milner making the bust?

rookgaroo said...

One-Adam-Twelve, see Sister Bertrille...

Siren said...

If they wanted to make a really interesting, but really depressing movie, they'd make one about Gail Russell. One of the most gorgeous women ever in the movies, she drank herself to death at age 36, about 4 years after this photo was taken. Yeah, believe it or not, she's only about 32 in that picture. Look up some of her old photos, and you'll see what she looked like before alcohol wrecked her life.