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 #51

Original Caption:

Phoenix -- Parts of the body of William 'Willie' Bioff, 54, Labor racketeer, lie under a blanket in the front yard of his home after a bomb exploded in a pickup truck and scattered parts of him all over the area. The former convict, found guilty in 1941 of a million dollar extortion plot in the movie industry, stepped on the starter of his truck and triggered the fatal blast in front of his house. (1955)


Robert Fiore said...

Scratch one prick. Surely one of the most emotionally satisfying gangland slayings of all time.

michaelE said...

I wonder if it would work for AIG executives?

Tommy O'C said...

George Raft expressed his contempt for Bioff and related how, on the set of "Each Dawn I Die," he'd seen Bioff staring at costar James Cagney with obvious dislike. Raft said he could see Bioff "staring at the big lamps overhead and exchanging looks with some of his goons, but nothing happened."

After its release, the picture was a huge hit. Bioff then told Raft he had him to thank. "I was going to take care of Cagney," Bioff said. "We were all set to drop a lamp on him. But I got word to lay off because you were in the picture." Raft said he had no idea why Bioff hated Cagney and doubted whether Cagney knew.

After singing like a canary, Bioff served time for extortion and was paroled. He'd been living under a phony name when he allowed himself to be photographed with fledgling Arizona Congressman Barry Goldwater, a photo that made the newspapers.

Not long after, Bioff started his car and that was that. It's said the blast could be heard a mile away.

Vanwall said...

Arizona politics always was crookeder than cat-shit.