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

Adventures in the Fight Racket #42

Today's Adventure:

Original Caption:

Jersey City -- Close up of Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier fight at Boyles' Thirty Acres. One is on the ropes. (1921)


Joe Thompson said...

The back story here is that Dempsey was called a shirker for not serving in the military in WWI, while Carpentier had served with distinction in the French Army and received the Croix de Guerre. Carpentier was small for a heavyweight but held the European title and the "White Heavyweight Champion" title before the war. After the war he was light heavyweight champ. Dempsey-Carpentier was the first million dollar gate for a boxing match. Dempsey won with a KO in 4.

Vanwall said...

That's prolly Carpentier entangle in the ropes - Dempsey mauled him.

Richard said...

Great photo!