David Simon has an interesting interview up on The New York Times' Arts Beat blog today. In it, he talks about wearying of hearing praise for "The Wire," and how, of all the characters on the five-season series, the one he loved writing for the most was Baltimore.
People ask me who I loved writing for the most and I always tell them, the city of Baltimore. And that’s totally true. I’ve never said anything more honest about the show. And they look at you and they’re just disappointed. They want to be affirmed in all the things that television usually affirms: being larger than life, the action, the adventure, the nonsense.
Aww. Thanks, David. And, as media-watcher Jim Romenesko points out, it's too bad the interview was conducted before Simon's old boss at The Sun—and his frequent sparring partner in the years since he left—Bill Marimow, was hired by the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday, for the second time.