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They made me an offer I should have refused

November 24, 2006

Trapped in the JFK Airport bookstore last week I walked past “The Godfather Returns” at least 18 times before I finally caved in and purchased it.  For those unfamiliar, Mario Puzo wrote the book (and screenplays) for The Godfather.  It’s not necessarily a great book, but it’s a pretty great read, if that makes sense.  And it has a very clear sense of tone & style.  When Puzo died, the publishers apparently decided to flip a coin between digging up his corpse & raping it in the middle of Mulberry Street in Little Italy, or hiring some talentless hack and giving that person the rights to “carry on” the Corleone legacy in print.  While both were equally disrespectful of the man & his work, the latter was probably more profitable, so that’s the direction they went.

The thing is, I knew it would suck.  I would have bet money on that fact, and that I’d cringe with every word, etc.  But I bought it anyway, and now 150 pages in I can’t stop, for some reason, even though I hate it so.  For that reason alone, it earns a spot on the list.  I only wish I’d had the discipline to be able to stop myself.  It’s as though the book was this picture of two gay nazis blowing each other, and someone said “hey, don’t click on that link, it goes to a picture of two gay nazis blowing each other” and yet I clicked on the link anyway; no matter how dismayed I would be, I’d really only have myself to blame.

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November 24, 2006