The Creator of the Wire on American Urban Decline

The Wire — it has monopolized my DVD player since May. As many of you hopefully know, it’s a stunning production. And if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor. Get a Netflix subscription and devote your attention to it for the next few months.

David Simon (the show’s creator) has called his HBO series “a political tract masquerading as a cop show.” In a piece published in the UK last week — “The Escalating Breakdown of Urban Society Across the US” — he writes more directly about the subtext that runs throughout The Wire. The op-ed gets down to this fundamental truth: “There are two Americas – separate, unequal, and no longer even acknowledging each other except on the barest cultural terms. In the one nation, new millionaires are minted every day. In the other, human beings [read: Baltimore and other cities like it] no longer necessary to our economy, to our society, are being devalued and destroyed.”

In other David Simon news, you can catch him in a wide-ranging interview recorded earlier this week in San Francisco. Catch it here. MP3iTunesFeed.

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