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 #37

Original Caption:

Three Murder Syndicate Men at Police Station

Brooklyn -- Three of the 12 men arrested as suspects in an alleged murder syndicate which, according to Brooklyn District Attorney William O'Dwyer, is responsible for at least 12 recent slayings and may be linked to 21 other murders. Trigger men Harry Straus, Harry Malone, and Frank Abbadando may face the electric chair for their participation in the killings. The arrests began when a small-time gangster, fearful for his own life, "sang" to the District Attorney's office. (1940)


estiv said...

Straus, Malone, and Abbadando -- they're as multi-ethnic as an infantry platoon in a WWII movie.

R.H. said...

Hey, very nice. Elegant.