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 #122

Original Caption:

New York -- Fascinated by the floor, after booking as Bank Robbers... or perhaps they have an aversion to looking into a camera lens. At any rate, this quartet is booked at police headquarters on charges of having committed a million dollars worth of bank robberies in eastern cities. Police say that Barney Neifeld, right, is the leader. (1931)

2 comments :

NadineisthatU said...

Well, their money went to a good cause, to their bespoke tailors. I am sure those clothes were still stylish when they got out.

Godfather of Cosmos said...

Cool photo!!!