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"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

David Simon

I've been going a bit potty about The Wire of late. Finished the final season a few months back, and it's left a gaping hole in my life. For anyone still unfamiliar with the show, this, from creator David Simon, should indicate why it's unmissable telly.


Also, from a little while back, is this collection of crime writers (broadly defined to include Irvine Welsh) singing the show's praises. There are a few spoilers, so if you've not watched it, just make do with this quote from John Williams (the crime writer, not the composer):

Then I watched The Wire. And there was everything I'd liked in the work of Higgins or Leonard or Pelecanos: the inventive dialogue, the characters etched in shades of grey, the prevailing mood of moral ambiguity and profound cynicism as to the motives and efficacy of the forces of law and order. There, in particular, was the sustained attack on the war on drugs - a war that makes the Iraq adventure look well thought out - that neither our newspapers nor our novelists (with the shining exception of Richard Price) seemed able to make. There, in a nutshell, was the revival of American social realism: the Steinbeck/Hammett/Algren tradition that seemed to have been lost in a welter of postmodernism, post-colonialism and pure unadulterated schlock.


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