The Eight-Day Week
Tonight, the Institute of International Education honors a group of high-rollers who’ve helped protect the rights of scholars worldwide, including full-time philanthropist and sporadically engaged GOP bogeyman George Soros and Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek. Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont will be helping present the awards, and Kofi Annan will be in attendance as well Read More
David Simon has opinions about many things, not just commercial real estate: the Industrial Revolution, Democracy, capitalism, the government, and what he calls, simply, the New Order—even the American Civil War and its impact fail to avoid the agent’s deep thoughts.
But the subject that the newly minted director at Winoker Realty returns to most Read More
David Simon may be a MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner and a television deity for creating “The Wire,” but he got his start on the crime beat at The Baltimore Sun, he explained in an interview today with The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog. It was in that Charm City newsroom that Simon cut Read More
When David Simon first learned that he won the MacArthur “genius” Grant — which comes with $500,000 tax-free, no-strings-attached, paid out in quarterly installments over five years — his first thought was to give the money to charity. He doesn’t need it. “To be blunt, I’m in the entertainment industry … and my contracts are Read More
David Simon Says
This afternoon, David Simon, the creator of HBO’s The Wire, had lunch with a crowd of journalists at Aureole on West 42nd Street to answer questions about his new series Treme, which is set in post-Katrina New Orleans and which debuts on HBO on April 11.
Mr. Simon spent a good chunk of his Read More
What do you do after co-creating a television series so critically praised, Slate’s then-editor Jacob Weisberg called it "the best show on television and which prompted The New York Times editorial page’s Nicholas Kulish to write, "If Charles Dickens were alive today, he would watch ‘The Wire,’ unless, that is, he Read More
David Simon is taking some old pals from thedark streets of Baltimore to the desperate landscape of New Orleans for his new HBO pilot, Treme. Wire veterans Wendell Pierce (who played endearingly drunk, yet straight and true detective Bunk) and Clarke Peters (everybody’s favorite fatherly figure) will star in the drama following the reconstruction of Read More
Last week, former New York Times Hollywood reporter Sharon Waxman ran an item on her WaxWord blog about HBO’s new mini-series, Generation Kill and if Evan Wright, the writer of the Rolling Stone articles and subsequent book upon which the series is based, might be losing some credit for the adaptation of Read More
Critics who got an early look at Generation Kill, the new HBO miniseries about the first 40 days of the Iraq war created by Wire masterminds David Simon and Ed Burns, were treated to more than the first five (of seven) episodes on DVD. As part of a multipacket press kit, they also received a Read More
At the Columbia Journalism School on Wednesday night, David Simon, the former crime reporter and creator of HBO’s massively popular urban drama series The Wire, didn’t waste any time before he started blasting his ex-bosses at The Baltimore Sun, the overall quality of American newspapers and, harshest of all, newsrooms that are more concerned with Read More