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 #95

Original Caption:

Chicago -- Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, confessed murderers of Robert Franks, appear at a Chicago jail to be assigned to their quarters where they will likely remain until they are brought to trial (1924)

1 comment :

JonCow said...

The stabbing death of Richard Loeb by a fellow prison inmate (reportedly in the prison shower) was brilliantly reported by John Lardner (eldest son of Ring). His lead:
"Today, Richard Loeb ended his sentence with a proposition."