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 #91


Original Caption:

Blame 'Baby Face' in Bold Chicago Bank Holdup.

Chicago -- The Aetna State Bank on Chicago's north side, a half block from the spot where John Dillinger was killed, was invaded by six masked bandits and robbed of $18,500, all in cash. The masks prevented positive identification, but the figure of the leader and the boldness of the robbery led to the suspicion that 'Baby Face' Nelson, hunted Dillinger gangster, led the raid. Robert Cairns, bank policeman, is shown looking at the door glass smashed by the bandits in their hasty exit. (1934)

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