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dancingme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 08:38 AM
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Peggy Noonan on Tony Soprano
This column is actually very good - considering that it is Noonan. OK to read - no spoilers.
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 09:35 AM
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1. It is excellent, actually.

That kind of thing happened a lot with "The Sopranos." It was real, Old Jersey real (Satriale's butcher shop, not the mall) and primal. It was about big things, as all great drama is--the human hunger for dominance, for safety, for love; the desire to rise in the world; the need to belong to something, to be a Jet or a Shark, a Crip or a Blood, and have mates, homies, esteemed colleagues or paisans; how we process the hypocrisy all around us, in our families and among our friends, as we grow up; how we process hypocrisy in ourselves.

Because it was primal, its dialogue was pared to the bone and entered the language. You disrespecting the Bing? You wanna get whacked? And other famous phrases, many of them obscene.

The drama of Tony, the great post-9/11 drama of him, is that he is trying to hold on in a world he thinks is breaking to pieces. He has a sense, even though he's only in his 40s, that the best times have passed, not only for the Italian mob but for everyone, for the country--that he'd missed out on something, and that even though he lives in a mansion, even though he is rich and comfortable and always has food in the refrigerator and Carm can go to Paris and the kids go to private school--for all of that, he fears he's part of some long downhill slide, a slide that he can't stop, that no one can, that no one will. Out there, he told his son and daughter, it is the year 2000, but in here it's 1950. His bluster, his desperate desire to re-create order with the rough tools of his disordered heart and brain, are comic, poignant, ridiculous, human.
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dancingme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 07:36 PM
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2. with a blue moon in my eyes
I'll miss that song every week. It so fit Tony Soprano.
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snailly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 09:22 PM
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4. Boy, I've never watched the Sopranos and I'm not a fan of Peggy Noonan
but she makes we me wish I had and was both. I just disagree with her on so many things. She's still a beautiful writer. jmo
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 09:10 PM
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3. I don't want to rain on your thread, but Peggy is an a-hole. What does she WANT?!!1
I suspect she wishes RAYGUN could play Tony and win an Emmy. While she fondled his foot!!1

She and Tweety wish they could do away with Nancy and lick RAYGUN's foot!!1

I'm sorry about this post, but I detest Rethugs!!1
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