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How HBO Is Changing Sex Scenes Forever
"In the wake of #MeToo, the network hired an intimacy coordinator to make the filming of sex scenes on ‘The Deuce’ safe for all. Now, they’re doing it for every show and movie they produce"
hbo  television  tv  sex  davidsimon  thedeuce 
23 days ago by grahams
On The Origins, Use, And Meaning Of "Ass In The Jackpot"
"The emergence last month of a 2016 video featuring mic’d-up Terry Collins arguing with umpire Tom Hallion not only gave the world, if only briefly, a unique insight into how umps deal with enraged managers, but also its most prominent demonstration of a phrase that was, until that point, known by only a small, niche audience. This is the story of “ass in the jackpot.”"
baseball  language  history  davidsimon 
july 2018 by grahams
Tony
"I was still on the sofa at four in the afternoon, still half-dressed, when I decided that my life could not be complete if I did not somehow become friends with Anthony Bourdain. My son, then a young teenager, also in his underwear, was as inert and transfixed as I was. We were both locked into the ninth or tenth consecutive hour of a Labor Day weekend marathon of Bourdain’s cultural-journey-through-food breakthrough show, “No Reservations.”"
bourdain  food  tonybourdain  davidsimon  treme 
june 2018 by grahams
The frauds of memory, the limits of penitence. And baseball. -- David Simon
The following article was published in the Sports Illustrated of October 12, 2015. It is reprinted here by the kind permission of those who not only commissioned the article, but helped with the logistics of getting Mike Epstein back to Washington so as to wash the sin from my hands. So, hey, when Judgment Day comes, they at least have this going for them. Thanks, guys.
davidsimon  god  memory  baseball  history  religion 
december 2015 by grahams
David Simon on Spotlight, His Pal Tom McCarthy, and the Death of Print Journalism
"Listen, I don’t think TV is able to accomplish the same things as prose. But I don’t care about newsprint. I don’t care about cutting down trees and throwing them on people’s doorsteps. That is an anachronism. We’re all going to be working digitally. Everybody in prose is going to work digitally. I mean, books are going to hang on longer because they’re things with greater permanence in the culture, but it’s hard to imagine that any periodical's digital presence isn’t going to be prominent. So I don’t care about the newsprint at all. That day is gone, and rightly so. I care about the newsroom."
davidsimon  news  journalism  movies  film  boston  bostonglobe  church  priests  thewire 
december 2015 by grahams
David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish | The Marshall Project
"Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of “real policing.”"
police  cops  thewire  racism  davidsimon  baltimore 
may 2015 by grahams
David Simon Does Not Care What You Think Is Cool About His TV Shows
"On the set of ‘Show Me a Hero,’ Simon’s new Oscar Isaac–starring HBO miniseries, the creator of ‘The Wire’ is as impassioned, cantankerous, and uncompromising as ever"
davidsimon  thewire  television  hbo  tv 
january 2015 by grahams
The Wire in HD
This tale begins and ends with a fellow named Bob Colesberry, who taught me as much as he could about filmmaking in the three or four years I was privileged to work with him. To those who knew Bob, it will provoke warm memories to say that he was not a language guy; he understood image, and story, and the delicate way in which those elements should meet.
television  tv  cinematography  thewire  davidsimon  hbo 
december 2014 by grahams
The endgame for American civic responsibility Pt. III
August 14, 2014 Mr. Thomas Jackson Chief of Police Ferguson, Missouri, Dear Chief Jackson: Regard this as an open letter in light of your department's unwillingness to properly...
abuse  baltimore  police  anonymity  davidsimon 
august 2014 by grahams
The endgame for American civic responsibility Pt. II
Seven years later, from the Baltimore City Paper of February 12, 2009, as the militarization of American police work continued apace, infecting not merely the federal agencies so much less accounti...
abuse  baltimore  police  anonymity  davidsimon 
august 2014 by grahams
The endgame for American civic responsibility. Pt. I
I'm going to write something fresh about Ferguson, Missouri, and the once-extraordinary notion that law enforcement officers -- uniquely authorized, trained and armed as they are to use lethal forc...
abuse  baltimore  police  anonymity  davidsimon 
august 2014 by grahams
Robin Williams: A brief encounter
This is a grievous thing to say aloud, much less think, but I wish that the suicide of Robin Williams made less sense to me than it somehow does. I say that with very little real knowledge of the m...
robinwilliams  comedy  davidsimon  homicide  tv  television  suicide  depression 
august 2014 by grahams
A quantum of Oriole
To the beaten dog, every sudden movement is another impending brutality in a lifetime of such. Eventually, even the most modest and trivial move in the mutt’s direction induces a simpering cower.

baseball  mlb  orioles  davidsimon 
july 2014 by grahams
David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'
The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact.
community  economics  economy  davidsimon  america  usa  class 
december 2013 by grahams
The Wire Behind the Scenes: How Bunk, Kima, and McNulty Blew Off Steam in Baltimore
This article is adapted from Brett Martin’s Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos to Mad Men to Breaking Bad.
acting  thewire  tv  television  davidsimon 
july 2013 by grahams
The Guardian: I Am Straw Man, Reborn
There’s no problem whatsoever with the U.K.’s Guardian reporting the leaked Verizon court order, engaging with Mr. Snowdon, and publishing the known details about that NSA program, as well as PRISM.  It is not in committing an act of premeditated journalism that such an august publication entered the realm of self-aggrandizing hyperbole.  The journalism is the job.  It was in the additional editorializing of the lead reporter in telling us exactly how “indiscriminate” the NSA program was.  Such characterization jumps past the known into the argumentative, and actually undercuts the fundamental journalism.  The NSA program involves a great amount of phone data, but it has by no means been proven indiscriminate.
davidsimon  thewire  surveillance  government  counterpoint  journalism 
june 2013 by grahams
Counter-Arguments: Gathered and Answered
I am on a new server, one that claims to be able to handle a bit more volume.  With all the confidence such a claim inspires, it might advance the debate if we take a shot at systematically addressing all of the main criticisms and counter-arguments that resulted from my previous post on the NSA controversy.  For purposes of clarity, let’s do this in the Q&A form.
davidsimon  thewire  surveillance  government  counterpoint 
june 2013 by grahams
NSA and FISA commentary: Calling it.
Okay, folks, I want to thank everyone, sincerely, for engaging in what has been for the most part an aggressive, sincere and genuinely relevant discussion of the Verizon data controversy.    At points, I looked around and thought that the debate at this little corner of the web was far more specific and rooted than much of what occupied the op-eds and 24-hour cable channels.  You all brought a lot into the mix.  And with rare exception, everyone stayed largely on substance and avoided ad hominem and other rank fallacy.
davidsimon  thewire  surveillance  government  counterpoint 
june 2013 by grahams
We are shocked, shocked…
Is it just me or does the entire news media — as well as all the agitators and self-righteous bloviators on both sides of the aisle — not understand even the rudiments of electronic intercepts and the manner in which law enforcement actually uses such intercepts? It would seem so.
davidsimon  thewire  surveillance  government  counterpoint 
june 2013 by grahams
David Simon | Barack Obama And The Death Of Normal
I was on an airplane last night as the election was decided. As the plane landed after midnight on the East Coast, I confess that my hand was shaking as I turned on my phone for the news.
politics  davidsimon  journalism 
november 2012 by grahams
As 'No Reservations' enters a new season, Anthony Bourdain moonlights for 'Treme' | NOLA.com
Pretty sweet, Anthony Bourdain is joining the writing team of Tremé; will apparently be writing all of the restaurant-related storylines..
tremé  davidsimon  thewire  bourdain  food  cooking  tv  television 
february 2011 by grahams
DAVID SIMON - Vice Magazine
David Simon is responsible for one of the greatest feats of storytelling of the past century, and that’s the entire five-season run of the television series The Wire. If that sounds like hyperbole to you, then you haven’t watched the show yet. It is the most intricate web of character, motivation, insight, action, repercussion, and emotion that’s ever been on TV, and it rivals the grand novels of the late 19th century, when novels actually, regularly, had scope. More hyperbole, but there you go. I and most of its fans are to The Wire as a Christian is to Christ or a junkie is to dope. It’s basically A FUCKING GOD. Too much hyperbole there, maybe. But you’re getting the point, right?
interview  toread  davidsimon  thewire  television  treme  tv  writing  baltimore  from delicious
december 2009 by grahams

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