Tag: The Godfather

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Garden Scene: The Don’s Advice To Michael


It’s late in the Don’s second term. The Don and his recently elected successor, Michael “Whitey” Pence, sit in the Don’s private garden in Mar-a-Lago on a bright, sunny day in South Florida.

The Don is older and slower now, only able to work 18 hours a day. He’s still recovering from Bob “Ferris” Mueller’s seven-year vendetta to bring down Big D on the mean streets of D.C. on behalf of the ruthless government crime families controlling the nation’s capitol.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Story in a Single Word


Though every great story juggles multiple themes at once, there’s usually one that dominates and with which the others all interact and highlight. As @BrianWatt reminds us in his wonderful post, that theme in Robert Bolt’s A Man for all Seasons is integrityYou could tell other stories about the same events and characters, they’d be different stories than the one Bolt told.

It’s fun and often illuminating to try this on other works. Below, I’ve four attempts, but I’d very much like to hear yours.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Michael Corleone, President Obama and How Men Become What They Despise


“That’s my family, Kay. It’s not me.” — Michael Corleone, The Godfather

MichaelcoreleoneMichael Corleone, like Senator Obama, was the new man, the pinnacle and fulfillment of Western Civilization. He would save us from the simplistic brutes of yesteryear. Instead, like a French or Russian revolutionary, he became that which he despised.