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

Civic Portraiture #33

Nelson Algren


Swanksalot said...

I'm curious (and a cursory web search reveals no answers) why was Nelson Algren arrested in 1967?

swac said...

Studs Terkel just says "he was arrested a couple of times."

(Although later he says "he couldn't get arrested.")

Tommy O'C said...

Algren and two other men were arrested for narcotics possession. Police searched the car they were in and found a small quantity of marijuana. A Chicago judge ruled the search "unreasonable" and dismissed the charges.

swac said...

Thanks, TO'C.

You can read more about it in Algren's The Last Carousel.

Rab Hines said...

The Bob Mitchum of writing.

Test Chimp 48 said...

Love Algren's work..but jeez in this picture he looks like the killer in the "Saw" franchise!!