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David Simon profile from The New Yorker

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Double Down, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member


    Long, but really good. It surprises me that it took The New Yorker this long to profile him, considering that the magazine has already written about David Chase and David Milch. I always felt like he would have been a perfect profile subject for Esquire too.

    Simon is a complicated person. A genius, but at times an arrogant bully with a self-righteous streak a mile long. But he's brilliant, and in my opinion, he's one of the most important storytellers working in any medium today.

    "The Wire" is never going to receive the reception it truly deserves, and by that I mean showered with Emmys and millions of viewers tuning in like The Sopranos, but that's ok. For the small, passionate audience that worships it, it's been worth every nickel. There are a lot of lessons, too, within his work about how to be a real journalist and a real storyteller.

    It says within Magaret Talbot's piece that Simon's next HBO project, after the Generation Kill miniseries, might be about jazz musicians in New Orleans trying to rebuild their lives post-Katrina. I imagine, though, it will really be yet another brutally honest love letter to one of America's great cities.

    Count me in.
  2. Calvin Hobbes

    Calvin Hobbes Member

    Anyone who hasn't yet read David Simon's book, "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets," ought to do so. He spent a year (1988) with the Baltimore homicide unit, and gained unprecedented access as a de facto detective. Almos two decades later, it's still an incredible read.

    Fascinating stories throughout the book, which as everyone knows, spawned the TV series.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Reread it for the umpteenth time last month. Am now reworking my way through The Corner.
  4. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Just wanted to bump this again in case some of my fellow devotees of The Wire missed it.
  5. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Thanks for the bump, DD. Off to read it now.
  6. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    I'd also like to point out, in an effort to connect the dots between two threads, that the guy David Simon is so pissed about within this story (Bill Marrimow) is also the guy who essentially forced out Stephen A. Smith.
  7. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    The man's a virus.

    Wait... ;)
  8. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Thanks Double.

    The Wire is a masterpiece--and I don't mean just a TV masterpiece.
  9. StormSurge

    StormSurge Active Member

    Thanks for the heads-up DD.

    I love, love, love Homicide & am just now working my way through The Wire on Netflix. The book is fantastic too.
  10. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    I look forward to reading the article. Simon was the crime beat reporter for the Baltimore Sun and the new season of The Wire has him delivering some payback to the editor he hated, the the word on the inside was the hate was mutual.
  11. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Fuck, I knew this season would be focusing on the media, but I didn't think it'd get this in-depth about the biz. Can't. Fucking. Wait.
  12. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    John Carroll, former Sun and LAT editor, takes a pretty big shot at Simon within this article for his obsession with Marrimow. Talbot mentions who Simon is the kind of guy who lets no slight, however small, be forgotten.
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