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 #108

Original Caption:

Chicago -- Jack Guzik, once reported to be a member of the Al Capone gambling syndicate, appeared at Detective's Bureau for questioning in the attempted assassination of James M. Ragen, wealthy racing news publisher. Guzik denies knowing anything about the shooting except what he had read in the newspapers. (1946)


Nebris said...

Jake, not Jack.

Tom Sutpen said...

Yes, I know. But tell that to the Caption writer (you'll probably have to hold a Seance). I just copy and paste these things.

Peter Yezukevich said...

He looks innocent as all get-out.

Jeffinprov said...

Mr. Guzik, given the benefit of hairdressing, makeup and gown, would bear a startling resemblance to late-life Sophie Tucker.

peterrocker said...

And not showing us his reputed Greasy Thumb

a-natural-man said...

Compare criminel's style from a more elegant time to todays thug wannabees. I bet this guy's pants never sagged down, even when he was taking them off!