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 #47


Original Caption:

Morgue Workers Removing Body of Victim

New York -- The body of one of two brothers shot to death in gangland style late November 27th is removed by morgue attendants from a pizzeria on Manhattan's East Side. The dead men were identified as Carmine L. Baffa, 46, and his brother, Joseph, 38. Police said the brothers had records of arrests on charges of gambling, assault and robbery. (1961)

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Italian restaurants weren't very healthy places to eat, looks like, and not 'cause they were violatin' their 'A' license.