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 #29


Original Caption:

Toledo -- A two year flood of bogus one and five dollar bills, a flow totalling perhaps millions of "dollars" was believed stopped with the arrest of a 21 year old Toledo, Ohio youth and four others as accomplices. Midwest states had been flooded with the bogus notes of high quality. They were sold wholesale, cost at $15 for each $100 worth. Photo shows Patrolman Charles Whitmer of Toledo, as he stood guard over the plant uncovered by the federal agents. Its 21 year old operator Clarence Brown, took his arrest philosophically. (1935)

6 comments :

Fred said...

What kind of shmuck risks a 10 year federal rap by printing 1's and 5's? (Yes, I know this and 1935 and 5 cents could get you a hot dog, soda and fries at Nathan's, but...)

shahn said...

They don't write captions like that anymore.

SomeNYGuy said...

So that's what Clarence Brown did to unwind between directing Garbo movies.

John said...

It's a shame they leave us hanging with that last sentence...

R.H. said...

Printing only ones and fives could be very shrewd.

swac said...

Not Toledo!