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 #94

Original Caption:


Los Angeles -- Outwardly calm is Charlie Chaplin as his fingerprints are taken by Los Angeles County Deputy Marshal George Rossini. The Comedian and Actor surrendered to authorities escorted by his attorney, Jerry Giesler. Chaplin will be arraigned Monday on White Slavery and Conspiracy charges involving Joan Berry. (1944)


MichaelRyerson said...

...of which he was acquitted. she however, continued her decline into acute mental illness until discovered in 1953 wandering the streets barefoot and babbling. she was 22 at the time of their brief relationship and blood tests proved Chaplin was not the father of her child.

Timmy said...

"White Slavery", as opposed to the OTHER kind...

Tempest said...

Nothing Gloria Allred couldn't 'fix'.

swac said...

I wonder what happened to the mug shot?