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 #104


Original Caption:

Blair House Police Shot in Truman Assassination Attempt.

Washington -- Three White House policemen were shot on the steps of the Blair House today by two men who tried to force their way into the President's home in an assassination attempt. Both assailants were down in a hail of bullets fired by the police and secret service agents. One gunman was instantly killed and the other wounded. Pvt. Leslie Coffelt died of his wounds. (1950)

2 comments :

Timmy said...

Now, THAT'S what I call action!

Loye said...

This is the first time I've seen a photo from the attempted assassination of Truman. Thanks for posting.