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 #87


Original Caption:

Mother in Court with Defendants in "Wolf-Whistle" Trial.

Sumner, Mississippi -- Defendants in the Emmett Till murder case, John W. Milam and Roy Bryant, are shown with their mother, Mrs. Eula Lee Bryant in court today. The first witness for the state and the first trial witness today was preacher Mose Wright, 64 year old granduncle of the murdered Negro youth. Morse told the court his story of the night two white men entered his home and took Emmett away. Pointing an accusing finger at the defendants, Wright said "There they are." (1955)

2 comments :

peterrocker said...

As these two bastards both died of cancer, I hope it was particularly painful.

Big brave arseholes!!

Gerard Saylor said...

No kidding. Kidnapping and murdering a 14 year old boy.