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 #28


Original Caption:

Wyoming -- Caril Fugate, 14, girlfriend of alleged "mad dog" killer Charles Starkweather, leaves her cell to be fingerprinted. Wyoming officials have waived jurisdiction of the pair and agreed to return them to Nebraska where they will face charges in the killings of ten people. (1958)

3 comments :

swac said...

Now she lives a quiet life outside Lansing, Michigan.

Steve said...

In college, I lived by her old junior high. Forget the name, I always called the the Fugate school.

Henry Bemis said...

This brings up such a flood of interconnected images...from the obvious (Nebraska, Badlands) to the less directly connected (Indian Runner).
They wanted to know why I did what I did
Well sir I guess there's just a meanness in this world