Friday, April 8, 2011

Victorian times, Victorian fiction

Well, yes. As Bill Barol of BoingBoing notes, it makes perfect sense to view "The Wire" as a Victorian novel of the Dickens type.

And, well, the public discussion can't let go of that show. Here's Moyers discussing it with David Simon at Guernica magazine.

And, well, these are Victorian times, as I have special reason to think tonight after spending the day on volunteer infraction defense duty. All the "quality of life" offenses that our city police hound as a matter of policy are the stuff of Victorian storytelling: begging, drinking in public, sleeping in parks and doorways, peddling without a permit -- and lately, sitting down without spending money... they're the facts whose existence proves inequality. Every ticket our police issue is an expression of denial that we've regressed a hundred years. The Wire, set in a probably worse world than San Francisco's, is just an acknowledgment of the same.

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Not sure where this fits, but a further thought: The Wire is also Victorian in that it's a story mainly about men that treats women very much the way Charles Dickens did.

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