Posts Tagged 'David Simon'

Simon: ‘The drug war is essential to why we can’t even police ourselves anymore’

Simon: ‘The drug war is essential to why we can’t even police ourselves anymore’

David Simon was never promoted throughout his entire 12-year career as a crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He shared his theory on career advancement with the Amphitheater crowd at his lecture Monday night: “Stay in one spot until you outlast everybody.”

But it was all that time spent as a crime reporter that would influence his later work, both his nonfiction books and his successful TV shows, such as HBO’s “The Wire.”

Simon says: ‘The Wire’ creator to give special evening lecture on ‘Crime and Punishment’

Simon says: ‘The Wire’ creator to give special evening lecture on ‘Crime and Punishment’

In an effort to describe David Simon’s work on “The Wire,” critics have drawn parallels from Shakespeare to Dickens to David Chase of “The Sopranos.” But the reference point Simon often uses for his work is similar to how he describes contemporary American society: the Greek tragedy.

Both Simon and television critics have compared his widely acclaimed HBO drama “The Wire” to a Greek play, with its dark themes, social commentary and complete lack of hesitation to kill off characters.