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 #60

Original Caption:

Washington -- Mafia leader John Dioguardi punches press photographer Stanley Tretick after being ordered out of the Senate hearing room for causing a commotion. Dio had been called to testify before the Senate Rackets Committee on his alleged leadership of labor racketeering in New York. (1957)


Tempest said...

Johnny D-he's a funny guy.

Christopher said...

now thats what I call poppin' the Paparazzi!

Tommy O'C said...

Dose wuz da dayz. You poppa my picture, I busta you nose.

Do you get the feeling he got away with it, too? Just asking.

Tom Sutpen said...

Safe bet any law enforcement personnel momentarily had their backs turned right at the moment when this happened.

Hey, y'can't see everything.

Christopher said...

oooh for the days when you could SMACK somebody!

Milan said...

Yeah but the grand thing is that while the first photog is getting his face busted, the second photog has his back. And the Mafia pieceashit is absolutely playing to the backup photog, just like any celebrity pieceashit would do. Paparazzi-busting is a useless gesture unless enabled by paparazzi.