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Mob Mentalities

A descent into the criminal underworld. Why are we so obsessed with the gangster myth?

The Godfather, Ash Is Purest White, and The Sopranos.
The Godfather, Ash Is Purest White, and The Sopranos.
Photo illustration by Studio 360. Photos by Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo, Cohen Media Group, and Sportsphoto/Alamy Stock Photo.

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Understanding our fascination with the criminal underworld. Jia Zhangke takes an empathetic look at criminal brotherhoods in China in his new gangster film Ash Is Purest White. Stand-up comics reveal what it was like working in Vegas when mobsters owned the clubs. A brave critic defends The Godfather: Part III. And how the late Sue Grafton created the seedy universe of her Alphabet crime novels.

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