When we look back at the major cultural achievements of the early twenty-first century, The Sopranos (1999–2004) will surely prowl, thuggish, at the top of the list. Created by David Chase, the HBO drama tells the story of Tony Soprano, a New Jersey mob boss who tries to balance the violent demands of his professional life with a more quotidian existence as a father and husband in the suburbs. Tony’s treatment for panic attacks by the psychiatrist Dr Jennifer Melfi is central to the six seasons. Self-described as a ‘fat fuckin crook from New Jersey’, Tony Soprano is more than that: a multi-layered, deeply flawed, always fascinating creature of millennial capitalist America.
Born Under A Bad Sign: The Sopranos
The Sopranos: Born Under A Bad Sign
by Franco Ricci
University of Toronto Press $29.95 pb, 336 pp, 9781442615717
James McNamara was born in Western Australia in 1982. He holds degrees in English and Law from the University of Western Australia, a...
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