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 #83
Faces of Science #19


Original Caption:

Scientists Testify in Bunco Case

Los Angeles -- Dr. Edwin P. Hubble, of the Mt. Wilson observatory; Dr. Robert A. Millikan, of California Institute of Technology; Dr. Frederick H. Seares, and Dr. Walter S. Adams, both of Mt. Wilson Observatory, appear in court to testify at a preliminary hearing for Herman Dudley Abrams on charges that he swindled $27,000 from R.W. Hickman and his wife, who said that they put up money for exploitation of a medicinal clay after allegedly being told by Abrams that the scientists had "endorsed" the product. The scientists denied knowing Abrams or endorsing his clay. (1941)

1 comment :

Greg said...

I actually used to use Honest Abrams Magnificent Medicinal Clay daily. It worked wonders on my rheumatism. He should've called me, I would've endorsed it.