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 #72

Original Caption:

New York -- Herman Scholz, 50-year-old chauffeur, escorted by a member of the Queens District Attorney's staff as he was brought in for questioning in the Serge Rubinstein murder case. Police, who had trailed him for several days, charged that Scholz had been involved in a previous plot on the financier's life. Authorities said the chauffeur told them he possessed venetian blind cord, surgical tape and a number of weapons. Rubinstein was found bound with venetian blind cord and gagged with adhesive tape on the floor of his bedroom in his Fifth Avenue mansion January 27. He had been strangled. The investigation was made difficult by the fact that Rubinstein had many enemies. (1955)


Vanwall said...

If he'd lived long enough, he could've made some serious change from Madoff's clients.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

All 3 of these guys look like they're from Central Casting. "Get me a (1) a young idealistic cop to appeal to the ladies, (2) a weary yet cynical veteran cop for his partner, and oh yeah, (3) i also need a crooked chauffeur whose gotten in over his head."

swac said...

Hmmm...well, we've got Sterling Hayden and Jim Backus to play the cops...