The Wire

Why We Love Sociopaths

by on April 5, 2012

 
Adam Kotsko: Why We Love Sociopaths

What do Tony Soprano, Don Draper, Walter White, Stringer Bell, Dexter, and Nucky Thompson all have in common (besides being central characters of hit shows)?*

Adam Kotsko, author of Awkwardness, has a wonderful little essay up at The New Inquiry. It’s almost enough to renew one’s faith in the cultural studies paradigm so cruelly satirized in Don DeLillo’s White Noise.

For


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Slavoj Žižek and Fredric Jameson on The Wire

by on March 2, 2012

Slavoj Žižek and Fredric Jameson on The Wire

Last week, Slavoj Žižek—the clown prince of contemporary Marxist philosophy, star of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, scene-stealer of Examined Life, and subject of the celebrated documentary Žižek!—spoke at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities on a subject he was born to tackle: The Wire. The audio of the lecture is now online, and if, like me, you enjoy not only discussion


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What the Mayor of Hamsterdam Loves to Read

by on September 23, 2011

As a radio host, I’ve had the outstanding opportunity to ask a lot of people a lot of different questions. But absolutely one of my favourite things to do is to ask a lot of different people the same question. It’s fascinating to compare their answers and find out what emerges.

One question I’ve been asking many guests over the years is, “Regardless of which country of origin on the …
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“…With Less Appeal To The Masses And More Skill”

by on April 10, 2011

Similes versus metaphors. Joy DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson don’t make their case in “When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s “The Wire”, that The Wire is ‘like’ a Victorian-era serial produced by a visionary, they make their case that it IS a Victorian-era serial produced by a visionary. Which obviously doesn’t say much for a society that imagines itself as having evolved since then.…
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