So, I got this lame junk mail from Brill's Content
today, trying to get me to buy a subscription. They used this
stratagem of listing all these
things you would know if you'd read Brill's in the last few
months. The thing is that it was all BULLSHIT, for example: there's this site called IMDB where you can look up
movie info. NO SHIT, BRILL'S CONTENT. So I was dumbfounded
that they had a blurb about this Gangland News site that
I'd never heard of. How did that slip by?
See, I'm way more plugged in to the Web and practically everything else than
those mincing nancy-boys at Brill's Content. What a bunch of PUSSIES, I have to
say. "Waah waah waah, we are all so very sad. Waaah waaah waaah, we bemoan the
state of American journalism." WANKERS! If you're looking for some journalism,
you just come on over to PDJ, and I'll shovel that shit down your scrawny
throats by the BUCKETFUL. "State of American Journalism," indeed! It is to
SO, you can see why I was shocked and outraged to hear about a site like
Gangland News for the first time from a cheeseball outfit like B.C. What's
happening to me? Have I lost my EDGE? Am I no longer the clued-in Web warlord I
once was? Whither Mr. Bad? Whither online journalism?
If it was just some lame-ass e-commerce dot-com that sold bamboo ass-scratchers
or something, well, it wouldn't be so bad. The thing is, this Gangland News is
the FUNKY SHIT. I can't believe how
great it is! The guy who runs ganglandnews.com, Jerry Capeci, was this organized
reporter for the New York Daily News for 6 years. Then he wrote all these
books about John Gotti and etc. and he's now the PRIMO SOURCE for organized crime
info in the WORLD. And he's got a Web site, with a long column about organized
crime that he updates every week! Beaujolais to him!
The best part about Gangland News is that he doesn't just cover the
well-trodden ground of Italian organized crime. Sure, of course, there's plenty
of Gottis and Palermos and Bonnanos and the like. But Gangland News also covers
the excellent Chinese mafias like the Ghost Shadows and the Flying Dragons!
Plus the Russians! And the Vietnamese! And the Koreans, and even the Fujianese!
Why limit yourself to veal marsala and zitti when there's a SMORGASBORD of
racketeering fun? That's the way I see it.
The main thing I don't like is that it's mostly about New York criminals, but
what can you do? The guy's from New York, that's what he knows. And, as much of
a bastardo San Francisco bigot as I am, I have to admit that New York is the
place to go if you're going to be organizing heroin rings or construction
rackets or pinball franchises. New York knows CRIME, that's for goddamn sure.
Go read ganglandnews.com now, and every week from here on out until the end of
time. It's like having a serialized version of Nick Tosches's excellent novel,
Trinities, except repeated over and over, every week. Go check this out.
Tell 'em Mr. Bad sent you. Don't mention the "Brill's Content" part. Fuck those