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 #101


Original Caption:

Wautoma -- Edward Gein, 51-year-old farmer, is shown in Wautoma court where he was arraigned on charges of armed robbery Monday after his arrest following discovery of a truck owned by a hardware store which was robbed recently. The truck was found parked beside a shed on Gein's farm. Further search uncovered the body of the store owner, Mrs. Bernie Worden. Since then 10 skulls were found, but today the grisly figure jumped to 15 when remains of more bodies were found after a new search of Gein's dilapidated Wisconsin home, where he has lived for the last 12 years alone. (1957)

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