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

Artists in Action #386


Roman Polanski returns to the scene of the crime

9 comments :

MinnesotaRay said...

Er--which crime is in question with this one?

Tom Sutpen said...

Well, if you check out the door on the right . . .

MinnesotaRay said...

Yikes. I was kind of hoping it was the underage girl problem...

H. P. L. said...

Has there ever been a serious book or essay about this matter? I was too young at the time and all I can find is morbid gossip. I'd like to find out more...

Fred said...

H.P.L., the definitive work is still Bugliosi's Helter Skelter. Bugliosi was the chief prosecutor on the case, and his book focuses on the facts, not all the lurid innuendo and supposition. The television movie of the book was also surprisingly good, with Steve Railsback as Manson and Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Marilyn Burns' as Linda Kasabian, the key prosecution witness. It is amazing that a bunch of crackpots still idolize Manson.

Vanwall said...

I still remember the shock seeing crime scene photos of this tragedy at the Museum of Death - pure evil.

H. P. L. said...

Thanks a lot, Fred! I'll check it out!!

Fred said...
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Fred said...

You're welcome h.p.l. I used to date an assistant LA County DA and she allowed me the (mis)fortune of viewing this and other files (they were reviewing all files going back 30 years which involved jailhouse informants). Some things you grow to wish you'd never seen.