[later in her bedroom] I don't think I can do it, Henry. Karen, when it comes to the Mafia no one goes to jail unless they want to.
Now he'd make your shoes look like fuckin' mirrors.
But Jimmy and I could never be made because we had Irish blood. To become a member of a crew you've got to be one hundred per cent Italian so they can trace all your relatives back to the old country.
It also means you could fuck around with anybody just as long as they aren't also a member.
If they’re not happy with you now, what makes you think they’ll be happy to be with you later?
Why do you make an effort to convince someone to date you when they make no effort to convince you? That you believe you need to people to be with you?
These things may seem clever and exciting to some people who are stuck or frustrated. If you’re in the grey area to begin with, you’ve already lost.
Let me ask again: Why would you ever be excited to be with someone who is not excited to be with you?
One of the oldest black institutions in Brooklyn, the church has played host to Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman; Congressman Hakeem Jeffries had just given a rousing speech, putting the current political moment into context by recalling how this community had survived slavery and Jim Crow (not to mention Nixon, Reagan, and George W. Now a diminutive white woman was stepping up to the microphone.
You took your first pinch like a man, and you learned the two most important things in life. Never rat on your friends, and ALWAYS keep your mouth shut. Karen: [narrating, at a makeup party with other wives] It was rough seeing the wives of other gangsters.
[Gives Henry an affectionate light slap on the cheek and leads him out of the courtroom. They did not take care of themselves; they looked beat up and their faces were caked with makeup.
Our husbands weren't brain surgeons, they were blue-collar guys. Billy: Hey, Tommy, if I was gonna break your balls, I'd tell you to go home and get your shine box.
Karen: [narrating] After awhile, it got to be all normal. It was more like Henry was enterprising, and that he and the guys were making a few bucks hustling, while all the other guys were sitting on their asses, waiting for handouts.