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

Annals of Crime #70

Original Caption:

In Defense Of Himself.

Washington -- W. A. "Tony" Boyle, president of the United Mine Workers union, gestures to emphasize a point during a press conference March 9th at the National Press Club. Boyle issued a 14-page statement defending himself and the United Mine Workers, denying any connection or involvement in the murder of Joseph Yablonski, whom Boyle defeated in an election last Dec. 9th. Boyle challenged the Labor Dept's claim that widespread irregularities marred the balloting. (1970)


Fred said...

I wonder if "widespread irregularities" included the murder of Jock Yablonski?

Biomusicologist said...

I think "widespread irregularities" led to the most notable, visible loss of his pinky finger on his right hand.