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 #86

Original caption:

Minneapolis -- The body of Howard Guilford, former editor of the Saturday Press and Pink Sheet, is shown as it was found in his car after gunmen speeding alongside had riddled him with shotgun slugs. The shooting took place at the intersection of Pillsbury and Ridgewood Avenues. (1934)


dlwilson26 said...

Just down the street from where my friend, the editor of a local Minneapolis online magazine, lives.

Of course I forwarded it on to him and told him to be careful.

Vanwall said...

Between Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN had some seriously crooked burgs for a while.

Brooks said...


naxalite said...

I know his grand daughter. I drive by here every weekday. The fireplug is stil damaged where his car hit it. He was part of Jay Near Vs MN (freedom of press SCOTUS case), but a decision early on was that he should not attach his name to the case.