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 #55


Original Caption:

Chicago -- Police officers wait for the crime laboratory crew to arrive on the scene after finding the almost nude body of a 300-pound man in the trunk of this Cadillac in Chicago's loop section, August 11. The victim was tentatively identified as William Jackson, 40, of Cicero, Illinois, an alleged loan collector for syndicate bosses. The coroner said his body had been in the trunk for at least three days and rope marks on the body indicated he had been tortured before being murdered. (1961)

4 comments :

mister muleboy said...

* * * after finding the almost nude body of a 300-pound man in the trunk of this Cadillac * * *

I started reading the caption before the photo loaded, and I thought this would be about my weekend in Atlantic City . . . .

Murdercycles said...

I thought you were supposed to put dead hookers in the trunk of an old Caddy.

Christopher said...

"Tryin' to sneak your boyfriend into the Drive-In is a crime in this state Lady!..I'm gonna have to give you a ticket!...

Tommy O'C said...

It's August. The decomposing body has been in the trunk like a chicken in a broiler for "at least three days."

Why aren't these cops hurling?