Talk by David Simon, creator of The Wire

What got me roaming around Kevin Kelly’s writings was his recent recommendation of a video of David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire, talking about capitalism, health care, Wall Street, corporate greed, the Republicans, poverty, America’s blowing it on so many fronts, the futility of the drug war, the for-profit prison system — and why Snoop (the real life Snoop) was recently arrested. At the end of this long and serious talk, he asked for questions, and quipped that everyone always wants to talk about Omar.

Indeed.

Frank Porter Graham Lecture 2011 with David Simon from James M. Johnston Center on Vimeo.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

5 Responses to Talk by David Simon, creator of The Wire

  1. Thanks for the reference Lloyd.
    Now that I have watched the video, I realize that knowledge of 'The Wire' or Omar is absolutely unnecessary ( some of us don't watch or have TV, eh!) and irrelevant. Worth watching. The same message has been spoken by many over the years but it seems to be coming to a head. The divided are becoming united. It's going to be the 60's all over again.

  2. I don't own a TV, but my daughter insisted that I see The Wire. So glad I made an exception. And Omar floats my boat! How awesome to see The Wire mentioned on my favorite blog.

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