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 #64

Original Caption:

Chicago -- Lt. Edward Shea of New York Police Department, holds papers in front of Anthony Portelli, 33, asking him to waive extradition at Detective Bureau here. Portelli and two companions had been sought by New York authorities as suspects in the killing to two Brooklyn detectives, Luke J. Fallon and John Finnegan. Portelli was seized in a motel here and finally signed papers waiving extradition. At right Portelli pleads with authorities, asking them to take the photographers away. (1962)

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