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 #53

Original Caption:

Man Inspecting Purses at Police Station

Los Angeles -- Robert 'Red' Manley identifies Elizabeth Short's purse in the Black Dahlia murder case. The mutilated body of Elizabeth Short, nicknamed the Black Dahlia for her black wardrobe and dahlias in her hair, was found in a vacant lot in downtown Los Angeles. Manley, a salesman and acquaintance of Short, was one of the last people to be seen with her before her murder. (1947)


R.H. said...

It's not disrespect, just hard to smoke a fag with gloves on.

Julie said...

Holy crap! I've never seen this picture. Red Manley always seemed very suspect to me...