Chronicles Magazine October 1998

Tough Tamales

Maybe I should hop a jet to Vegas for a weekend at the dice tables or hang out in Beverly Hills for a while. Maybe I should bang a couple of hookers or sniff some cocaine—you know, something recreational to change my mood.

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  • Perspective

    Mob Rules

    William Jefferson Clinton may some day be hailed as the second father of his country, or rather as the abusive stepfather. His seemingly deliberate efforts to disgrace his administration and disgust the people have convinced a significant number...

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  • VIEWS

    The Managerial Mob

    The history of the Mob, the mainly Italian and Sicilian organized crime syndicate that came to typify gangsters in the 1930's, is in fact the history of American corporate business and of American society in the first part of the 20th century.

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  • VIEWS

    Running With the Mob

    The New York Mob ain't dead, but it's far from the robust times it enjoyed when the five New York crime families— Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Lucchese—single-handedly controlled the city's powerful labor unions and ran roughshod over...

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  • REVIEWS

    Beyond the Crossing

    As in the earlier works, the reader is turned every which way but loose by the emotional power of the fiction; also, as before, the English language is torqued and pressured to yield new veins of gold.

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  • REVIEWS

    Poetry Now

    Fred Chappell's A Way of Happening is a gathering of some 17 critical pieces, together with an important personal essay about teaching writing and an essay-length introduction, published between 1985 and 1997, all but three written expressly for...

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