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 #73

Original Caption:

Compton -- Admissions by Lois Margaret Carter, 20, that she beat her 3 year old daughter to death in "symbolic revenge" against her own mother were disclosed by Compton police yesterday. "It seemed as if every time I hit the baby I was striking Mama a whack for me," detectives quoted Mrs. Carter as saying. Photo shows Mrs. Carter after her arrest last night. (1954)


mister muleboy said...

Yeah -- right; they call her Lois Margaret Carter.

But I think we all know who she really is.

Ritchie must have been very disappointed to learn of his sister's criminal past . . . .

Ed Howard said...

My first thought: Wow, she's pretty, I wonder who that is.

Then I read the caption. Yikes.

swac said...

Straight outta Compton.

Tommy O'C said...

Lovely but lethal.

sabo76 said...

Whatever happened to her? Hope she wasn't released.