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 #102
The City: Philadelphia #19


Original Caption:

Sought by Six States.

Philadelphia -- Raymond Kaune, held by Philadelphia Police as an alleged member of Detroit's 'Purple Gang' and recently linked with the massacre of seven Chicago gangsters, is wanted by authorities in six states under accusations of Bank Robbery and Jewel Theft. (1929)

3 comments :

mister muleboy said...

Hmmm; in this photo, Kaune looks suspiciously like the Mythical Monkey.


And certainly doesn't look like my stereotyped* image of a hoodlum.

From Wiki: The term stereotype (στερεότυπος) derives from the Greek words στερεός (stereos), "firm, solid"[1] and τύπος (typos), "impression",[2] hence "solid impression".

estiv said...

Damn. Compare this to a picture of Richard Branson or Mark Cuban. In those days thugs dressed better than billionaires do now.

Kyle said...

Never knew James Joyce were so cold-blooded.