Not sure if anyone will read this before we truly get underway in a little while, but I wanted to post a few words to let the world know that we are still here and still reppin’ for our beloved television program, as we will continue to do through the fifth and final season which is getting underway, oh, in just about two months or so (January, according to the witty yet frustratingly imageless teaser HBO has aired). A few undeniably noteworthy and Wire-related items have cropped up that demand a reaction, or at least a response, or at the very least (which is all we’re willing to muster just now) some links for you.
One of the more thrilling things I watched recently was BET’s Melvin “Little Melvin” Williams documentary on their American Gangster series. Williams of course plays the Deacon on the show and whose past as a smart and ruthless Baltimore kingpin turned convict turned kingpin turned convict turned, well, actor (though David Simon’s testimony in the program concerning Melvin’s ability to remain out of the game even in his golden years seemed somewhat pessimistic or, at the very least, noncommital). Anyway, it’s a great show in a pretty great series (though I’m not sure how John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo are classed alongside organized criminals like Williams, but I didn’t watch that episode) so watch it whenever it’s on next.
Second, but probably more fascinating to the show’s fans, is the big feature about David Simon in a recent issue of The New Yorker. It’s a great feature with plenty of information even if you, like us, already know pretty much everything in the article and have heard or read Simon’s talking points many times over at this point. Still, it’s not like what he’s saying is any less true as time marches on, and it’s a very good thing that more people are hearing him say those things, because so few people do say those things these days. The writer hits on some of the utter hopelessness at the heart of a lot of Simon’s rhetoric, something I think is really key to understanding the show and how it stands not only as a great narrative triumph but also as a challenge where the viewer must decide whether Simon’s at times nihilistic view of American society today is the hard truth or something we can still fight against, and fight for the purposes of saving (rather than because without a fight, even a meaningless one, there is no point in going on at all).
But I’m rambling. Check out the links, chatter back if you’ve got any chatter worth sharing, and hold tight for the rest of my comrades to come roaring back in the months to come.