The Wire Final Season

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

The Wire Final Season

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Dear David,

Carcetti for governor! Of New York!

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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.

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