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The central theme of “The Wire” is  a pretty bleak one: our institutions are dysfunctional and/or corrupt, and America’s cities were beyond salvation.  So can you buy that basic premise of the show and be an Obama supporter? We asked that way back in February back when our beloved show was ending, and it’s a Read More

So we talked about this before, and it doesn’t exactly squash our reservations. We get that this is a good career move for Tristan Wilds. Being a principal on a smart HBO show with literally dozens of characters guarantees an actor a lot of critical acclaim and not much else. But being a principal on Read More

I finished the book Homicide by David Simon. I only recently became a David Simon fan, but I’d been talking about The Wire a lot at work and my coworker, who was cleaning out his desk. He used to cover the cops and courts for my paper, and while he was cleaning out his desk Read More

Every Monday that goes by, we slide deeper in deeper into our post-Wire withdrawal. Maybe one day we’ll eventually be invited out of the basement of our despair and allowed a seat at our sister’s dinner table. But I wouldn’t count on it. Anyway, Tristan Wilds — who will forever be known to us as Read More

I got to ask David Simon a question! The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism hosted a talk with David Simon, creator of The Wire, which all journalists agree is the best show ever. Despite this past season in the newsroom. I braved rush hour traffic in Connecticut to go. You should know now that Read More

Burns, Simon, Pelecanos. Um, how many ways does this essay fall into our bailiwick? So how come we missed it? David Simon, Ed Burns, and George Pelecanos launched a salvo at America’s misbegotten drug policy, penning an essay in Time asking people serving on juries to vote to acquit any suspect charged with a nonviolent Read More

What are we to do after our favorite show’s less-than-satisfying series finale? Keep talking about it. Oh, The Wire: your love is a 187. But worry not, y’all. We got that pandemic. Or, uh…some links and minutiae, anyway.

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