THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, January 27, 1974
'I LOVE KIDS'
KILLER by Joey with Dave
Fisher. New York: Pocket
Books, 313 pages, $1.50.
By Charlie Stein'
JOEY, the author and narrator
of Killer, is the kind of guy
you could get' attracted to if
you're not careful.
Like a character plucked from
a Jimmy Breslin column, he has
a certain earthy charm about
him. He is the barroom philoso-
pher - spouting out pearls of
wisdom in his gravelly N e w
York cab driver's brand of Eng-
Joey's three most important
loves - his wife, the sound of
laughing children and the TV
program jeopardy - make him
even more endearing.
Unfortunately Joey also hap-
pens to be a murderer for hire.
In his 25 years as a Mafia hit-
man he has, by his own admis-
sion, gunned down 38 men, near-
ly all in cold blood.
Killer is Joey's account of that
career and it is fascinating in the
way only an insider's view can
htening story of a Mafia hit man
be. We are taken on a private
tour of the world of organized
crime, where we meet such le-
gendary characters as Meyer
Lansky, Joe Colombo and t h e
late Crazy Joe Gallo.
We are also presented w it h
something of a how-to-guide for
a wide assortment of mob op-
erations ranging from innocuous
neighborhood numbers rackets to
Joey's murder speciality.
MURDER for Joey came as the
natural culmination in a
progression of crimes. He stuck
with it not out of any great love
for violence, but simply because
it was the easiest way to make
lots of money - four million dol-
lars according to his best esti-
Killer is written in the first-.
person plain-folks style of most-
Devotees of low-brow culture
will immediately recognize its
striking similarity to Robin
Moore's The Happy Hooker. In
fact, if genitals were substituted
for guns, the reader would be
hard pressed to tell the two apart.
The plain-folks delivery al-
lows us to get inside Joey's head
and see the Mafia through h i s
eyes. But at the same time, the
technique represents an import-
ant stylistic weakness because it
inhibits any real eloquence or
powerful description. Murders
and card games are treated with
equal amoutns of dispassion.,
Still in his own homespun way,
Joey manages to chance upon
some literary gems. For exam-
Joey on the 1972 elections: "I
figured one candidate was a
crook and one was a jerk, so
naturally I'm going to vote for
Joey on fences, the middle men
in a stolen good deal: "Good
fences make good neighbors."
Joey on the Godfather: "The
Godfather did for the organiza-
tion what silicone did for tits.
They both mare their respective
subjects stand out."
IF JOEY were content to im-
press and entertain us, his
book would be an unqualified
success. But that's not enough.
He wants our approval. In fact
he almost demands it by mak-
ing us bear the brunt of the
guilt for the Mafia's existence.
The Mafia, Joey argues, didn't
make people turn to gambling
or drugs. It merely supplies con-
sumers with the tools they need
to indulge in their own particular
brand of vice. It is capitalism
in its purest form - free from
the moral judgments imposed by
As for himself, Joey is quick
to point out that not one of his
victims has been an honest man.
All 38 have been mob members
who have violated one of the or-
ganization's rules and hence
Joey is not a common crim-
inal. He doesn't swipe purses,
rob stores or mug old ladies on
the street. He won't bother you
and me unless we come looking
N KEEPING WITH his -whole
style of operation, Joey's de-
fense is both skillful and clever,
an once again we can almost be
taken in if we're not careful.
Yet when we step back f o r
one moment, out of the reach
of Joey's charm, we realize that
his argument just doesn't work.
While the mob did not create
vice, there is nothing passive
about the way it cruelly exploits
the weak link in the human con-
dition. Selling heroin on a large
scale is no less destructive than
wholesale murder,, and the bil-
lions of dollars organized crime
takes out of the ghetto each year
helps insure the continued pov-
erty of thousands.
And Joey, for all his wit and
down- to-earth appeal, can't con-
vince us that he is just a regular
guy. 'there is clearbyr something
frighLenmgly sick about a man
who can kill with no feeling.
In one particularly revealing
pasage Joey writes about one of
his victims: "We just sat there.
We didn't say a word. He began
to beg. He even went so far
as to tell us where he had stash-
ed the money. Finally he realized
there was nothing he could do.
He sat there quietly. Then he
started crying. 1 didn't feel a
thing for him."
No Joey, we have to hate you.
Even if you do watch Jeopardy.
FROM A TO Z ciated with the women's move- ly militant attitude toward the
ment. The result is a huge re- treatment of rape victims by the
ference guide to the movement. police and courts has led to the
organization of rape crisis cent-
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THE NEW WOMAN'S SUR-
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By Judy Ruskin
THIS LATEST of a seemingly
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There are nine categories with-
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APPROACHES differ from city
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THE WOMAN'S EYE. Edited
by Ann Tucker. New York: Al-
fred A. Knopf, 169 pages, $5.95.
By Karen Kasmauski
FOR THE MOST part when a
woman e n t e r s the field of
photography, she is handicapped
by her sex. She is consistently
faced with the problem of inter-
action with her subjects and with
male photographers. She will in-
evitably be looked upon as first,
a female, and then a photog-
rapher. The use of discretion will
be one of her major concerns;
when should she usewher sex to
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she be sexless? A woman who
takes o nthe traditional female
characteristics may be more
trusted by her subjects, while a
woman who appears more mas-
culine and aggressive might be
taken more seriously.
The W o m a n' s Eye centers
around a series of questions: Is
there a woman's art? Is there a
man's art? Or is art the product
of an era and not of a particular
sex? Ann Tucker shows us that
the creation of art, like the crea-
tion of human being, is not done
best by man or woman, but by
an equal participation of both.
The difference in art styles re-
sults from a difference in the
times and not in the sex. The
struggle women face in the field
of art is only one of the many
satellite problems spinning off
the core-like economic and so-
cial bond placed on women by
It is interesting that of the
ten- photographers Ms. Tucker
chose, six were married or had
intimate relationships with the
men they were working with on
long term periods. Most of the
relationships did not last. Per-
haps, the intensity of creating art
is like the intensity of creating a
TqS: TUCKER'S clear presenta-
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saves The Woman's Eye from
becoming just another pretty
picture book. Yet the weakness
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the ten photographers to illu-
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well-knowns as Margaret Bourke-
White and Dorothea Lange and
such relative unknowns as Alisa
Wells and Bea Nettles. Unfor-
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Too, the photographs Ms. Tucker
uses did not always typify the
photographer's style. With her
attempt to explore the relation-
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sex and her art, she comes right
up to the edge, but does not take
that one step which might have
explained why she chose these
ten female photographers.
The topics and complaints pre-
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stated, but she has given us
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been stated elsewhere, by num-
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the beginning of the woman's
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streak of cyncism in me to avoid
becoming weighted down. But
when I finished r e a d i n g this
book, I, like Berenice Abbott,
asked, "Why bother?"
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