“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The head of the family, Tony Soprano, dies at 51.

“See you T.”

RIP James Gandolfino.

Actor James Gandolfini died suddenly in Italy after a suspected heart attack. He was 51. Gandolfini will be forever known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on the seminal HBO series The Sopranos, which won him three Emmy Awards. Chris Albrecht who greenlighted the crime family saga at HBO and gave Gandolfini his start, just emailed Deadline’s Nikki Finke: “Absolutely stunned. I got the word from Lorraine Bracco and just got off with Brad Grey who had just heard from David Chase. We had all become a family. This is a tremendous loss.” Grey was the executive producer and Chase the creator of The Sopranos. Overweight, balding, with a thick New York accent, Gandolfini was the opposite of a marquee leading man and yet he proved through his masterful acting that he could make Tony Soprano sexy and smart. Gandolfini remained in business with HBO starring in film Cinema Verite and executive producing Hemingway & Gellhorn. He was set to topline a new limited series for HBO, Criminal Justice, one of several projects he had in the works.


  1. Please uncle bob do not send anymore by the desert rat. Is he a real rat or just a made up one? I can't tell yet but he seems awful.

    I know now you are sending me a car. I can't do anything about it, I know that too.

    Your niece with hugs and kisses, and big bear hug, k

  2. And we remember, do we not, when Steven our Hero was awaking upon the beach, and there she was, mother of all beauty, a young lady, and he exclaimed "O my God, mother of beauty" there on the beach. And this was his first break into the transcendental.