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 #35

Original Caption:

Chicago -- The body of Charles "Cherry Nose" Gioe, notorious gangster and movie extortionist, lies slumped over in the front seat of an auto near the Chicago restaurant he owned with two partners. Gioe, found by police late August 18th, had been shot through the head. Police said he had been slain shortly before he was found. (1954)


MinnesotaRay said...

"Movie extortionist"? No wonder he got whacked.

Tom Sutpen said...

The extortion thing was an old beef. He was clipped at the behest of Sam Giancana as part of a more general power struggle in Chi-town.

swac said...

That upholstery is ruined!

Vanwall said...

This what we can look forward to if the RIAA gets any worse.

Fred said...

swac, you are right. Cherry Nose should have sprung for the leather or, better yet, the vinyl. That stuff will never come out of the fabric.

R.H. said...

"I said, 'no parking' bud."