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

Aftermath: U.S.A. #7


Original Caption:

Well Guarded

New York -- Sgt. Barney Arluck holds two bags containing $50,000, which he won on NBC-TV's Big Surprise program tonight, under the watchful eyes of three policemen assigned to protect him in an armored car. Sgt. Arluck who is a policeman-lawyer, missed his chance to win $100,000 when he was stumped by a question prepared by U. S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. (1955)

3 comments :

Marshall P. Smith said...

Anyone know what the question was?

Tommy O'C said...

Anyone know if he got the answers?

Kreisler said...

2 kids on the right look ready to do him for the money