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 #53

Original Caption:

New York -- Mystery piles upon mystery in the case of Bo Weinberg, a Dutch Schultz lieutenant. For several weeks Weinberg has been missing as completely as if he had been swallowed into thin air. Now his wife has vanished. Mrs. Weinberg is the former Alice Wallace. When questioned about her husband's disappearance she said she could tell nothing. Friends do not know if she was captured by the same faction that killed Dutch Schultz or whether she has gone into hiding with her husband. They had lived in a luxurious apartment at East 86th Street. (1935)

1 comment :

Tommy O'C said...

Word was that Bo went to the bottom of the East River. E.L. Doctorow chose to go with that version in Billy Bathgate. And his wife may have followed him.