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

Jesters of the Republic #36

Joe E. Lewis


Robert Fiore said...

For years and years whenever I heard about the movie The Joker is Wild, which I've never seen, I always got Joe E. Lewis confused in my mind with Joe E. Brown, and I asked myself why the hell would Frank Sinatra be playing Joe E. Brown?

D Cairns said...


Tommy O'C said...

The handiwork of Vincenzo Garibaldi, aka "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, planner of the St. Valentine's Massacre. Also one of Sinatra's most memorable performances.

Tommy O'C said...

Correction: The last name on his grave marker is Gebardi. He reportedly used several variations on his real name.