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

The Art of the Courtroom #3

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley appears as a Defense witness in the trial of the Chicago 7
(Franklin McMahon; 1969)


Timmy said...

DEFENSE witness? For the Chicago 7? WHat universe did I awaken in today?

Tom Sutpen said...

I don't think he was ever officially declared a Hostile Witness, but he sure as shootin' wasn't called as a Friendly one either. Daley really didnt' have anything to testify to; he was called as part of the Defense team's Novelty roster (along with people like Judy Collins, Allen Ginsberg, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Timothy Leary, Lawrence Welk, Howard Hughes, Walter Pidgeon, Martha Raye, Gilbert Adrian, Norman Mailer, Meyer Lansky, Tommy Cooper, you name 'em); just to get him on the witness stand and ask him about matters of zero relevance to the matter at trial; thus generating a lot of sustained objections from exasperated US Attorney Thomas Foran (played by Edgar Kennedy).