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 #31

Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- The toes of bullet-riddled corpses Tony Trombino and Tony Brancato, both underworld figures, are shown after they were found in a parked car near the famed Sunset Strip. Both had been shot through the head and neck by person or persons who occupied the backseat of the car. Both men were Kansas City gangsters. Brancato, recently listed by the FBI as one of its 'Ten Most Wanted Men,' was released from jail in San Francisco last Friday on $10,000 bail as the suspect in the $35,000 holdup at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both Trombino and Brancato were questioned in the slaying of Bugsy Siegel four years ago. (1951)


Brent McKee said...

You'd think these guys would have been smarter than to try to rob a hotel owned by the people who controlled the "Nevada Projects Corporation."

Birch said...

Do they still tag toes in morgues? I like the old customs.