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 #57


Original Caption:

Seat Pleasant -- Nonchalantly smoking a cigarette, 15-year-old Billy Ray Prevatte is shown with police after he was charged with murder and assault with intent to kill yesterday. He is accused of shooting three teachers in Maryland Park Junior High School after he was reprimanded for truancy. One of the teachers was killed, one seriously wounded and the other slightly wounded. (1956)

7 comments :

Brent McKee said...

Blame Television and that horrid music he listened to!!!

ilduce said...

I blame booze and smokes!

Mr DeBakey said...

Pool halls!

Suz said...

Kids today!

swac said...

Comic books and those terrible video games...you know like the Captain Video Board Game.

Marshall P. Smith said...

He was released from a juvenile facility at age twenty-one!?

Wonder where is ended up?

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Fluoridation! Of public water supplies!