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 #44

Original Caption:

Author Arrives at Jail

Santa Ana -- Truman Capote ponders a question asked him as he walks toward the Orange County Jail Wednesday to begin serving a contempt of court sentence amounting to 40 hours. The sentence and $500 fine resulted from the writer's failure to appear as witness in a Santa Ana murder trial. Capote had interviewed the defendant on San Quentin's Death Row (1970)


Tomás said...

I love this alternative pictures never seen for me.


phil said...

TC wrote about attempting to dodge his arrest warrant in Derring-do, included in 'Music For Chameleons'. Very funny!

Fred said...

I wonder if Truman consulted Jean Genet about the dubious pleasures awaiting him in prison?