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 #32


Original Caption:

Brooklyn -- Father Benny Calleja, of Our Lady of Peace, gives last rites to man identified as Joseph Magnasco at 4th Avenue and Union Street. Magnasco was shot and dumped on the Brooklyn street corner in what police said was an apparent gangland slaying. Magnasco, between 30 and 35 years old, was pronounced dead on arrival at Holy Family Hospital. Magnasco is believed to have been closely associated with the Gallo brothers. (1961)

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