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

Welcome to Show Business! #11


Original Caption:

San Francisco -- Playwright and screenwriter Norman S. Wexler leans on a counter in the city prison, late December 14, after he was arrested and charged with interfering with an airline crew and being abusive to a stewardess. the FBI said Wexler created a disturbance aboard an American Airlines flight from New York to San Francisco. When he was told to stop, he insulted the stewardess. "I admit having a fine time aboard," Wexler told a newsman in a jail interview. (1972)

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