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 #26


Original Caption:

Cleveland -- This is the general view of the court room in the Cuyahoga County Criminal Courts building as the first degree murder trial of Dr. Samuel Sheppard (arrow) gets under way. Prosecution attorneys are seated in the foreground at the table with defense attorneys on the opposite side. The 30-year-old osteopath is accused of the bludgeon slaying of his pregnant wife, Marilyn, who was found murdered in the Sheppard lakeside home in suburban Bay Village last July 4th. Dr. Sheppard has testified that an intruder killed his wife and assaulted him. (1954)

1 comment :

Mr DeBakey said...

The part of this trial I like best is the train wreck.