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 #52


Original Caption:

Stolen Auto is Funeral Pyre of Last of the Ambergs.

Brooklyn -- Gangland's executioners wiped out Louis 'Pretty' Amberg, ending the racket reign of the alleged overlord of the loan shark racket in Brooklyn's east New York and Brownsville sections. Louis' body, nude and wrapped in a blanket, was found in a burning car in a quiet Brooklyn street. The car, a glistening new sedan, had been stolen, and Amberg's assailants had poured a ten gallon can of oil over it and set if afire, before abandoning it with its grisly passenger. On September 30, Joe Amberg, brother of Louis, and Morris Kessler were lined up against the wall of a Brooklyn garage and shot down. The picture is that of Louis Amberg death car, at spot where it was found burning. (1935)

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