Big Sums and Small Men: Boston Mob

The Fall River “Herald News” on “Boston Mob”: The men in it remained small even when the sums became fairly large. All too true.

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Of A-Bombs and Fate and Glowing Reptiles

Caught “Godzilla” and naturally, the A-bomb issue came up. Some people think there was something inevitable about the A-bomb drops. Nope. Not even clear if that was what really made Japan capitulate. Firebombing Japanese cities–paper and wood built–killed more people and truly was about as horrible as the A-bombs. In fact…given the total horror of WWII, those bombs, originally, just blended into the general awful genocidal wallpaper.

The Aromatic Gift That Kept on Giving

Can a rodent achieve tragic grandeur? A skunk on Rt. 128 smashed into a small tuft of thought offered the incense of revenge to the hundreds and thousands squashing him into the pavement. Ahab, anyone? The skunk was reaching out past the grave to punish the bipeds that had curtailed his life so abruptly….Then again, he (or she) may have been a suicide….A suicide skunk. There’s a scary thought.

Boston Mob Hits Mystic, Conn.

Those of you south of the border–as in Rhode Island border–if you aren’t too busy Sunday, then come by and say hi to me at Bank Square Books. I’ll be offering free beer to anyone I know who visits. Yes, you read that right. And we’ll go see the “Charles Morgan” together.

Boston Mob Hits This Week

The New York Daily News gave “The Boston Mob” a fair plug: Not a pretty story, but a fascinating one. Check out the review–it has a lot of photos and does a reasonable job of recounting the basics about Joe “The Animal” Barboza. The photos are priceless.

Boston Mob Coming

My next book is out by month’s end. It’s violent, sad, heartbreaking, real. In short, everything that a McDonald’s Happy Meal is not. Check it out here. No, it is not another book about Whitey Bulger–a not very interesting man, I must add. It covers the rise of Raymond Patriarca, the don of the New England Mafia at the Dawn of the New England Mafia. It follows the basic decimation of Raymond’s empire by Joe Barboza and the FBI. Did I mention it covers the multiple gang wars going on during the 1960s? Well it does quite a bit of that, too. More later.

No, Not Another Noah

So it appears this latest soggy Noah epic is as contemporary as Rousseau, who rejected modern civilization and progress as evil delusions. I imagine this must at least be better than the version with George C. Scott as the species saving mariner. (By the way, the scene in Sodom is a really creepy and bizarre one–beats anything I’ve seen in Provincetown.)

But, I must tell all my fundamentalist friends that not only is the tale of Noah a dark and bleak one, it’s not even an original yarn. There is a Semitic tradition of ¬®flood” stories and Noah is just one iteration of that…It does however show a youthful YHWH regretting having made the human race, which is kinda silly if he’s omniscient. Like he didn’t realize his children, made in his own image, would be such a bunch of rotten stinkers? Then again, he was an adolescent God at that time, and not the only deity out there. Just the most ferocious.

And what about the fish and the whale? Why are they spared? Aren’t they pretty nasty to each? Sharks are awful mean….

As I’ve observed before, lumber suppliers could have made a killing selling Noah wood for his ark….Of course, they would have had to spend the money earned rather hastily….

At the end of the day, one must conclude Noah is still one El of a story.