A long but informative interview with David Simon from last December. It mostly addresses “The Wire” but touches a little bit on his upcoming series “Treme.” I’ll try not to focus too much on “The Wire” since not everyone just finished the series like me, but between “Generation Kill” and “The Wire” I am fascinated by the man right now.
David Simon is responsible for one of the greatest feats of storytelling of the past century, and that’s the entire five-season run of the television series The Wire. If that sounds like hyperbole to you, then you haven’t watched the show yet. It is the most intricate web of character, motivation, insight, action, repercussion, and emotion that’s ever been on TV, and it rivals the grand novels of the late 19th century, when novels actually, regularly, had scope. More hyperbole, but there you go. I and most of its fans are to The Wire as a Christian is to Christ or a junkie is to dope. It’s basically A FUCKING GOD. Too much hyperbole there, maybe. But you’re getting the point, right?
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