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 #43

Original Caption:

"Santa" Pays New Year's Visit to Bowery.

New York -- Former fighter Joe Bonavito, Brooklyn saloon keeper who gave away $1500 on the Bowery on Christmas Day, returned with $3500 in New Year's presents on December 31st. No longer skeptical, Bowery bums mobbed the self-styled Santa Claus, attracting the attention of police, who took Bonavito into custody. Bonavito is shown as he passed out some of his crisp, new bills to Bowery habituees. (1946)

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