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 #31

Original Caption:

Maryland -- Col. Oran Henderson and his attorney, Henry Rothblatt, give a "thumbs up" sign outside Henderson's residence at Ft. Meade shortly after Henderson was acquitted December 17th of charges he tried to cover up the murder of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. (1971)


Vanwall said...

In general, a travesty that will never go away, especially with the latest round of mushroom whackings in Mideast.

Stewart said...

I don't know if you're aware, but the title of your blog should be called "If Charlie Parker WERE a Gunslinger..." I'm not trying to be picky, just want you to know of the incorrect grammar usage, and mis-quoted reference.

Tom Sutpen said...

I'm not about to hold a seance and lecture Charles Mingus on incorrect grammar. Dead as he is, muhfuggur would whomp my sorry ass to next Tuesday.

swac said...

In interviews, Mingus has said "was" while the printed subtitle for Gunslinging Bird says "were".

Maybe someone at Columbia Records was correcting Mingus's grammar?

Tom Sutpen said...

I wouldn't doubt it. They were, after all, the company who refused to let him record the lyrics to 'Fables of Faubus' (Columbia was nothing if not circumspect in all matters).

But isn't it interesting that this blog has been up and running for three years and ten months, and in the same day we get not one, but two amateur grammarians riding in here . . . one on the sidebar, the other here . . . asking us to change the title.

If this blog were no more than a few months in progress, I might think about correcting it (assuming it even needed correction).

But not now. The title stays as is.