nicholas pileggi


X-Files Season 2 Episode 6 Ascension

“There are no answers for you Mr. Mulder, they only have one policy…deny everything.”  Mr. X

He was working on three, four, six, a dozen things at the same time. He would have a loan-shark operation going, he was doing booking, he would have a phony restaurant, he was running guns, he was planning hijackings, he was also divvying up the money in different situations, all at the same time. And flying up to Boston every couple of weeks to fix and bribe Boston College ballplayers in a point-shaving scam. He never stopped.
—  Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wise Guy, on Henry Hill. [full interview here]
"As far back as I can remember, I always    wanted to be a gangster. To me being a      gangster was better than being president of the United States. Even before I went to the cabstand for an after-school job I knew I  wanted to be a part of them. It was there   that I knew I belonged. To me, it meant     being somebody in a neighborhood full of    nobodies. They weren't like anybody else,   they did whatever they wanted. They parked  in front of hydrants and never got a ticket. When they played cards all night nobody    ever called the cops." - Ray Liotta (as     Henry Hill in Goodfellas)