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 #50

Original Caption:

Chicago -- Anthony 'Big Tuna' Accardo, reputed crime syndicate figure, and his wife are shown as they arrive at the St. Vincent Ferrer Church in suburban River Forest to attend wedding of their son Anthony Jr, who was married to the former Janet Hawley, 1961 Miss Utah. Many top gangland bosses and other underworld figures attended the wedding under the watchful eye of law enforcement agencies. (1964)


R.H. said...

Note how they look to be leaving.

Dats da foist ting da mob teaches: how to walk backwards.

Mr DeBakey said...

“Anthony 'Big Tuna' Accardo, reputed crime syndicate figure”

What a great line!

How do we know he’s a “reputed crime syndicate figure”?

Because, if he was Anthony 'Crazy Train’ Accardo,
He’d be a linebacker for the Bears.

R.H. said...

Anthony 'sardine' Accardo is a definite come-down.

Tommy O'C said...

But to "Big Al" he was "Joe Batters," due to his skill with a Louisville Slugger.