Monday, March 31, 2008

Goodfellas redux

I'm sorry if you came here looking for an essay about Cleveland-style goodfellas. I did write it and it was posted here, but it's been accepted by a print publication, so I was obliged to take it down. I will happily post the appropriate link whenever it goes live.

In the meantime, you can either see why robots make bad actors or enjoy the original funny guy:

13 comments:

DogsDontPurr said...

I think you managed to bring the one dimensional into the multi~dimensional with this post. Reading it, I really felt like I was there...seeing what you were seeing, experiencing what you experienced. Your writing always has such a visual element. I love that!

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

The unpleasant characters and experiences of life help us to be writers. I'm sure being exposed to that at such a young age made you more worldy and observant and able to write about it today.

Helen Mansfield said...

Hey Shorty, it's yer burfday!

deangc said...

I think The Sopranos does a reasonable job portraying mobsters. Tony is the most sympathetic character (he has to be, or the series wouldn't work) but there are times when he is revolting. This is well paced throughout the series: just when the audience is comfortable with Tony as a troubled family man in an odd line of business, he does something vile, and we are wrenched back, slapped with the reality of who he is.

Mone said...

I know I've read it before, but I enjoyed your morning drinking story again =)

PS: There is a smoll Mafia growing here in Germany and I#m sure glad I have nothing to do with them.

Jeanne said...

Excellent story, you made this real and awaken memories that I felt long buried. You are a good writer, I found your blog through John Ettore and I'll be back.

Thank you.

Simon Sterwin said...

Great post, great writing.
'Nuff said.

And happy belated birthday.
:)

Capt. Fogg said...

Wow - glad I stumbled in here. You're a hell of a writer.

Somehow I think I, or any wise person, would have trouble remembering anything those guys said too.

sevnetus said...

Ditto what the capt. says. Thank you for your incisive commentary. Right on that while Pesci's scene is funny, it does not excuse that most of these guys' economic pursuits have a very dark side. No harm no foul well, I've got to call foul because I'm being harassed and worse. I think these guys are still around, and may they not darken your doorstep.

Anonymous said...

Thugs always believe they are invincible while intimidating peaceful people. They are always surprised when granma shoots em in der face.

glittermom said...

Back in my day Shaunder Burns was a name linked to the mafia...I tried to find info on him but to no avail...It was when they hung out down on Short Vincent st...

swine said...

those robots?
BRILLIANT!

Anonymous said...

Where could I find a copy of your story Goodfellas redux?