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by dharma_bum
Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:16 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #16 ~ The Rest of Those Guys
Replies: 17
Views: 4914

Karpis was a bit cryptic, which may have made him more compelling than he deserved to be. Kidnapping was certainly a more complex and choreographed crime than bank robbery, yet he spent much of his career in league with the Barkers whose collective IQ couldn't reach room temperature. He was a surviv...
by dharma_bum
Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #12 - The Kansas City Massacre
Replies: 20
Views: 3323

It's hard to imagine a time when a US state border meant something more than a road sign with a meaningless platitude. The Kansas City Massacre to me is emblematic of the larger question of how we stop bad things from happening to good people. Crime will always evolve more rapidly than crime protect...
by dharma_bum
Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:24 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: PE Question #10 ~ The Transformation of the FBI
Replies: 18
Views: 5091

Hoover almost had an almost Hollywood vision for the FBI—style over substance—in which he was the Great and Powerful Oz... pay no attention to the petty bureaucrat behind the curtain. It seemed more important to him that his agents look the part and hold the moral high ground than actually have the ...
by dharma_bum
Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #9 - The Mob
Replies: 19
Views: 3278

I think the Public Enemies feared the syndicate. The Dillingers of the world stumbled into interstate trafficking like gaudy party crashers, and their high-profile antics were speeding the passage of laws that had the potential to damage lucrative mob operations. The Public Enemies were spoilers; a...
by dharma_bum
Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #9 - The Mob
Replies: 19
Views: 3278

I think the Public Enemies feared the syndicate. The Dillingers of the world stumbled into interstate trafficking like gaudy party crashers, and their high-profile antics were speeding the passage of laws that had the potential to damage lucrative mob operations. The Public Enemies were spoilers; an...
by dharma_bum
Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: PE Question #7 ~ A Different Outcome?
Replies: 12
Views: 1738

Dillinger needed the world stage to live, and so too, I think, it would always be the place he died. Hoover made it harder for Dillinger to outrun the world, harder to for him to hide in plain sight and he made certain the world Dillinger loved had less of what he loved in it. Hoover tried to break ...
by dharma_bum
Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #6 ~ Clyde...and Bonnie
Replies: 23
Views: 3695

They led such LITTLE lives, filled with discomfort and misery. And so random. I get the sense that there lives were never shaped by action, only reaction. They bounced like a pinball from one low-scoring petty crime to the next. In the midst of such a hard-scrabble existence, seeing newsreels of Di...
by dharma_bum
Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:32 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #4 ~ Order
Replies: 23
Views: 3329

Hoover maintained an ordered life (and demanded it from others) because he was a man with secrets, and men with secrets cannot afford missteps.
by dharma_bum
Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:11 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #5 ~ Out for Dillinger
Replies: 21
Views: 3228

For all his political cunning, Hoover's investigative skills were on par with Wylie coyote... tenacious, but a plodder without much imagination—and he filled his bureau with clones of himself. Dillinger was definitely the Roadrunner... audacious, quick-witted, unpredictable and inventive—in other wo...
by dharma_bum
Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:47 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #3 ~ The FBI and Publicity
Replies: 19
Views: 3458

How was publicity handled in the 30s... no differently from today. Hoover needed to solidify a base of support for funding and wanted to expand his scope of powers. Through a calculated campaign of misdirection and disinformation, he created a climate of fear. Hoover's Ma Barker and the fearsome Bar...
by dharma_bum
Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:39 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: PE Question #2 ~ Writing Style
Replies: 48
Views: 8867

The chronological style does put the reader in the chaos and spontaneity of the moment and gives you a better sense of the confusion law enforcers were facing. I found it amazing how well many of these outlaws actually managed to network (though mostly when incarcerated) and share resources in such ...
by dharma_bum
Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:10 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #1 ~ Johnny as Dillinger
Replies: 58
Views: 12582

I think Johnny prefers the darker margins of human behavior and there is a difference between becoming famous, and becoming notorious. For all his smarts and charm and cunning... Dillinger still applied all of it to a brutal trade that got people hurt along the way. And while Dillnger does share a l...
by dharma_bum
Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:27 am
Forum: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Topic: Sweeney Todd Week Question #2 ~ The Many Faces of Sweeney
Replies: 15
Views: 5628

I wonder if it isn't a sense of nobility, Liz...? Sort of the concept of divine madness that comes over someone who's gone completely off the deep end. There's such a sense of self-righteous commitment there! I got that feeling from the almost absurd posture Sweeney would take after slashing a thro...
by dharma_bum
Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Topic: Sweeney Todd Week Question #1 ~ Tim & Johnny's Vision
Replies: 21
Views: 7433

I did not have the privilege of experiencing ST performed live, however I have viewed the Lansbury-Hearn television production. Performances that were calibrated for the nosebleed section suddenly were made up close and personal, and that created an huge disconnect for me. Sweeney was too over-the-t...
by dharma_bum
Sat Dec 08, 2007 3:43 pm
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Question #23 ~ Writing Style - In Fante's Words
Replies: 12
Views: 3828

Bandini rolled out as a continuous, straightforward narrative written in a rush of emotion, while ATD built up as a series carefully staged vignettes, full of deliberate language and visual metaphors. The chapters were almost like pictures in a gallery... you stop, take it in and move on. Some worke...

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