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Associate Editor Susan Fishman Orlins offers a new take on Jewish gangsterdom and an era populated by the likes of Meyer Lansky, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter and Benny "the Meatball" Gamson, made famous in films, plays and books.
I was born in East Harlem, the very lair of gangsterdom, but I had very little to do with that original sin.
The recent anti-romantic spin on gangsterdom in Goodfellas and The Sopranos is a counterpoint to this, which seems to further normalise organised violence--gangsters are troubled folks like you and me, with ungrateful kids and a Prozac prescription.
If hierarchists really want to let guns loose on the streets, they are implausibly choosing gangsterdom above order.
Nagrin agreed to restage the piece, a jazzy ode to gangsterdom complete with dangling cigarette.
For Grein and other characters in the novel, America is the "underworld" with all that this word suggests in terms of pagan idolatry, hell, and the immorality of gangsterdom.