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

Life During Wartime #8


Original Caption:

San Francisco -- Navy Machinist's Mate Third Class Edward D. Olsen, 26, who was killed in an automobile accident is buried with a Navy honor guard and the rites of the Satanic Church which consigned his soul to the devil, Dec. 11, 1967. High priest Anton LaVey, holding the Sword of Power and the Book of Black Magic, presided over the service while a Navy bugler blew taps. At the foot of the casket is a floral wreath representing the symbol of Satan. (1967)

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