The Wire Final Season

Week 10: Can You Imagine Lester Listening In to the Spitzer Call?
Talking television.
March 10 2008 6:22 PM

The Wire Final Season

VIEW ALL ENTRIES

Dear David,

Carcetti for governor! Of New York!

Advertisement

Carcetti's a dirty scalawag but quite possibly no dirtier than the current occupant of the governor's mansion in Albany. By the way, and I'm just saying, why would the governor of New York import a prostitute from New York to Washington? Is this some variant of the "They don't have any good restaurants in D.C." crap we hear from our New York friends? I'll have everyone know that we've got many high-quality whores in Washington, D.C. Some of whom even have sex for money.

But I digress. Though not that much, when you think about. Even though I shouldn't prejudge, let me suggest that the sordid tale emanating now from New York suggests that David Simon understands quite a lot about our public servants and about wiretaps. Can you imagine Lester listening in to the Spitzer call? Can you just picture the smirk?

David, you've cataloged many great moments on The Wire. Snoop's visit to the hardware store was just mesmerizing. Let me suggest only that we add Clay Davis' magnificent turn on the witness stand earlier this season. And nearly every scene that has ever featured Bunk. He's quite obviously my favorite. I hope Wendell Pierce never retires this character. And I hope—clear the decks, I'm expressing something sincere here—that we see the entire cast of The Wire flourish in the years to come, and not only so we don't have to watch them on Dancing With the Stars. The writers will flourish, there's no doubt. But one of David Simon's great achievements is the cast he assembled. They've worked wonders.

David, it's been great fun talking about The Wire with you. But now that it's over, we can get back to our real jobs, running hookers out of the Mayflower Hotel.

Best,
Jeff

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Technocracy

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

One of Putin’s Favorite Oligarchs Wants to Start an Orthodox Christian Fox News

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

Trending News Channel
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 20 2014 8:14 PM You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
  Life
Outward
Oct. 20 2014 3:16 PM The Catholic Church Is Changing, and Celibate Gays Are Leading the Way
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 9:13 PM The Smart, Talented, and Utterly Hilarious Leslie Jones Is SNL’s Newest Cast Member
  Technology
Technocracy
Oct. 20 2014 11:36 PM Forget Oculus Rift This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual-reality experience.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 21 2014 7:00 AM Watch the Moon Eat the Sun: The Partial Solar Eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.