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 #88

Original Caption:

Dedham -- Photo shows the riot squad of the Boston Police department guarding the Norfolk County courthouse at Dedham, Massachusetts, Saturday, during the hearing of a motion for a new trial for Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, the two Italian Communists found guilty last June of first degree murder, in connection with the shooting to death of a factory paymaster and guard robbed of $18,000. This case caused the attempt to bomb the American embassy in Paris last week, and Communist demonstrations all over Europe and South America. (1921)

1 comment :

Fred said...

The more things change..