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My mom is Italian. She came over on a boat from Italy not long after the Second World War had come to an end. Maybe that’s why I have always loved gangsters, and especially those of the Italian variety. Or, maybe it’s because gangsters are the cowboys of my generation. They’re the outlaws. The men who don’t live by society’s rules; rules that at times, suffocate us, make us believe we’re bound to the timid existence we’re predetermined to live.
I had a poster similar to the image on the right of Michael Corleone walking out of the bathroom, gun in hand, pointed at Sollozzo and McCluskey with a look completely void of emotion on his face. I had another like the image below of Pesci, hand extended, gun in hand, making Spider “dance”, breaking the silence of what was a seemingly lovely poker game amongst friends. Read the rest of this entry »