The new documentary 12 O’Clock Boys is the latest example of Baltimore’s restless creative energy… a film that stands up to its inevitable comparisons with [David] Simon’s urban epic....more
Posts Tagged: The Wire
D. Watkins is an adjunct professor. He doesn’t make much money, but most of his family and friends are even worse off, struggling with wrongful convictions, the impossibly high cost of health care, and the loss of loved ones to drugs and guns....more
The most memorable scenes featuring Kenard from The Wire:...more
Ever thought, “I know Herman Melville was talking about a whale but how much, really, did he talk about a whale?”
This cool page will answer your question with its graphical representation of word distribution throughout Moby Dick. The creator Adam Pearce was inspired by an infographic of frequently used words on the show The Wire and styled his project after Stanford’s Bibly, which does the same and more for the King James Version of the Bible....more
If Omar was ‘one of TV’s greatest characters’ it was because of Donnie. The show distinguished itself by laying out a palimpsest of failed American institutions but even within that decentralized narrative Omar was singular because the outcome of his life, before, during, and after incarceration was so unusual.
Michael Kenneth Williams, the actor who played Omar on the highly-praised HBO series The Wire, is interviewed on Mother Jones. The show is often described as “the greatest television show ever made,” and Williams offers his perspective on why the show has been so successful....more
With contemporary postcolonial critique, Darkmatter offers a series of papers discussing HBO’s The Wire.
With titles including:
These papers will help all you David Simon fanatics expand your Wire water cooler repartee beyond “Who’s cooler: Slim Charles or Stringer Bell?” and “Who’s dumber: Ziggy or Herc?” because the answers are totally Slim Charles and Herc....more
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
A handful of professional gunmen led by black-clad Yul Brynner are hired to protect a south-of-the-border farming village from scores of bandits in John Sturges’ western adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai....more
Ed Park’s funny novels syllabus.
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Military rock bands. It turns out the coast guard is the only service with no official rock formations.
The Oxford Project: Residents of a small town pose for photos in 1984, and then do it again twenty years later (our favorite by far is the buckskinner turned Protestant minister)....more
The name “Baltimore” can be traced to an Irish phrase meaning “Town of the Big House.” “Juárez,” when traced back to the Visigoths who overtook Spain in the 5th Century AD, means, roughly, “Army of the South.”...more
“What Sister Carrie reminded me of most, however, was the HBO series “The Wire,” in that the characters are similarly subject to forces beyond their control.”...more
Two years before I founded The Rumpus.net I spent a month offline. I published the result in Poets and Writers but since it’s not available online we’re publishing it here as a Rumpus Reprint....more