My Neighbor — Good fences make good neighbors." Robert Frost writes in Mending Wall. Is he right? Maybe homemade chocolate chip cookies or lending a lawnmower are more neighborly. I guess it depends on who your neighbors are.
Infamous Boston Irish mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, spent 15 years hiding out as retired couple "Charlie and Carol Gasko" on a quiet block in Santa Monica. The discovery of the Gaskos, in an apartment crammed with cash and guns, made headlines around the world and turned the block into a media circus. Writer Gideon Brower, who lived across the street from the Gaskos, talks to residents of their apartment building about the couple, the arrests, and why America’s most notorious fugitives were actually pretty good neighbors.
Going Ape: Imagine a relative who organizes orgies with the neighbors, doesn’t mind if their partner sleeps around and firmly believes females should be in charge of everything. Actually, those ARE your relatives. They’re bonobo apes and they share almost 99 percent of your DNA. Makes Aunt Mildred seem… almost normal.