Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year! Blogging is dead!

Oh, how we kid at TGTV. Last I left you, there was a gigantic post in your Christmas stocking. See, generous. But last year at this time, over on The Bastard Machine, I - lover of New Year's resolutions - said that I was going to blog less in 2007.

Give me a second to stop the laughter which has turned into a wheeze as I bend over and hold my knees.

OK, so didn't cut down. I did more. I even launched this here handy SECOND blog. Other than that, I actually did well on my resolutions.

One for this year, one small one, is not to make any big ass statements on the blog. And how could I, anyway, as I prepare for Wire Week. Gotta get ready for the de-cos.

That said, I should be honest with you. I've pretty much lost my interest in this blogging thing. I'm not going to stop - that would be foolish. I'll have a lot of things to post in 2008. Both here and at The Bastard Machine (but probably a lot less over there). Still, as the Clem Snide song "I Love the Unknown" says:

They asked him,
"hey, where's this bus going?"
and he said, "well, I'm really not sure."
"well then, how will you know where to get off?"
and he said, "the place with the most allure."

Blogging: Not the most allure for me right now. I've got some other ideas. A book. Good walks spoiled. Writing a better column. Something zen. Who knows?

Onward: I've been watching "The Wire." I put it off for a long time. Not exactly a man bites dog headline here, but it's goddamned great. Plus, it posits another issue we scribes joke about all the time: Journalism is dead.

Maybe not that harshly. But it gets the notion of failed journalism empires just about right. Which means it's not just the cops and the criminals and the docks and the cities themselves in David Simon's worldview that are all broken. His old profession, too. Except we journalists knew that a long, long time ago.

My review runs Friday.

21 comments:

Sean said...

Great, another blog about blogging. Sorry Tim, I think I'll stick with the actual columns from now on.

loudfan said...

I used to work at the Baltimore Sun, many years ago. I've never watched "The Wire" (I know, the shame... I don't have HBO but I promise I'll start renting the DVDs) but I'm dying to know how Simon manages to skewer his former employer. Simon's wife, novelist Laura Lippman, was demoted to a county bureau after her books started selling, which was thought by some to be "punishment" for her literary success. So it's possible he holds a grudge or two...

suzyq2 said...

Hey Tim, you can blog about blogging till the cows come home and I'll still read it. Don't let Sean damper any further your waning enthusiasm for the blogging thing. You don't have to blog a lot--but please keep the blog fires burning. A fresh log now and then is fine.

girlina said...

blog,blog,blog,upfronts,blah,blah,death march,blog,baseball,blog,Gervais,blah,blah,blog,blog,The Wire,more cocktails, Ken Burns new doc on Bourbon,blog,blog,blog,blah,blech,pox on Milch,RSI,blog,blog,blog,blog,grimace,hootenanny,podcast,fishing lures,Costello,blog,blog,blog...

none of this is in chronological or expected order, but in my heart, always anticipated.

girlina said...

uh,that should be pocast, fishing lures, but i think it's a new word:podcalure. it's no anticippointment, but it'll work for january 2nd.

A podcalure sample:next on TVTM - Question Boy naked!

verite said...

Loudfan, that's very interesting re: Laura Lippman. I just started reading her books (out of my love for "The Wire" -- I figured if she was married to David Simon, I had to check out her work.) I'm really enjoying her books -- so far, finished "Every Secret Thing" and am reading "To the Power of Three" -- these two, at least, are more what I would call chick flick suspense novels -- very emotionally driven crime books set in Baltimore that whirl around various aspects of the female psyche. Great books.

shallowgal said...

I am looking forward to The Wire. Save your fingers & just do the podcasts. Wait. Don't tell me you are over the pods too. dammit. That's true talent there. Don't squander it, ya bastard. (said with love, of course)

Trixie said...

Happy New Year, Tim! A big thank you for all that you do, vetting all of TV so I always have something yummy to watch. This is going to become even more valuable as the offerings become slimmer. A harbinger of the upcoming weeks (months?) ... tonight's schedule at 8:00: Deal or No Deal/Wife Swap/1 vs 100/Mom-Daughter Beauty Pageant. Oh the humanity. And on a different planet ... I watched the first episode of The Wire - NOT ONE WORD until after it airs at its regular time, I promise, but god bless HBO On Demand. With this season's theme, I'm looking forward to your insight on how it compares to life at The Chron. I'm thinking things have changed a tad since the portrayal in "Zodiac" (although it is fun to imagine Robert Downey Jr. at his typewriter, smoke pluming from his ashtray). I know we keep comparing The Wire to reading a novel, and it's so true. I'm now at that point where I can't put the book down but I don't want to finish it and leave the world of its characters.

George D from the 415 said...

Great to have you back, Tim. How deep into the Wire are you, episode wise, not intensity

Tom said...

Looks like somebody is enjoying the lack of censorship on one's personal blog. But I have no doubt that the new season of "The Wire" is, in fact, goddamned great. My newsroom "Wire" buddy and I are looking forward to Monday afternoons spent saying "That happened to me at the last paper I worked" or "Cripes, that's exactly what happened here last week."

B said...

Ah, The Wire. Watched the first ep of the fifth season yesterday while recovering from NYE. Brilliant stuff. I was at once excited and sad, knowing I was one episode closer to the end.

Susaleenah said...

I love Laura Lippman. I've read all her books. I was lucky to go to a book talk for her No Good Deeds book and got a chance to stand around afterwards and chat. She said that Milwaukee reminded her of Baltimore (in a good way...) and we had time to discuss the Wire and our favorite children's books. I thought she was keeping her relationship with David Simon on the q.t.?
I can't wait for Sunday....and Clark Johnson. I was so excited to see he was going to be a part of the show. Anyone remember the Canadian police drama Night Heat?

verite said...

I heard Laura Lippman on NPR about a year ago, and they mentioned her marriage to Simon there. Just looked on "To the Power of Three" and there is no mention of it in her bio. Very happy that she's written a slew of books, because it seems to me, until further notice, books are the new TV.

verite said...

of course, with the exception, of shows like the Wire. But I'm one of those regular citizens who wait for DVD. Sometimes, a budget is hard to keep.

ppage said...

Tim,
Happy New Year!

Am debating whether I'll watch the new Wire episode tonight or wait for the rest of the world Sunday night. I want to watch it all now but at the same time don't want it to end. I gave the 1st Season of the Wire as Xmas presents this year & can't tell you how many enthusiastic emails I've received so far in response. My brother in law is now a David Simon freak & soon to be stalker.

I spent New Year's Eve at a party in Manhattan with an assortment of writers, actors, & students. The consensus was that the strike will go on for a very long time, producers are pricks, Mark Twain's "new" play on Broadway should be seen by all, & David Letterman is an ass (not because of World Wide Pant's negotiations with the WGA but because he's a sexist pig who bullies his staff).

I did watch Letterman last night but had to turn it off since Robin Williams was giving me a headache.
Conan was great! Loved the guitar playing. And think he should have a show with Max Weinberg playing the entire hour.

Once the writer's strike is over do you think the networks will naturally move to a "year round" tv season like cable? Or do you think they'll reach out to foreign production companies in order to put together next year's pilots?

ThatGuy said...

Anyone who likes The Wire needs to read George Pelecanos' Novels. Very very similar to The Wire, great characters, similar pacing, etc. The ending of his books are always superb, one of the reasons they usually get him to write the penultimate episode of The Wire.

ppage said...

Thatguy,
Thanks for the tip. I'll look for Pelcanos' novels.

loudfan said...

I am not a Letterman apologist -- I watched his show for years, but gave it up once "The Colbert Report" debuted (I did watch last night's return, though) -- but I find it hard to buy that he is "a sexist pig who bullies his staff." One thing you can say about Letterman is that his staff is intensely loyal -- many of them have stayed with him for two-plus decades and the move from NBC to CBS, including exec producers Barbara Gaines, Jude Brennan and Maria Pope. If he was really a jerk, it would have been easy for any of his people to get new jobs in the industry.

LizaInSF said...

Mr. Goodman, dear sir, I have loved both your blogs, but I've got to consider following Sean's example. For a different reason. I don't mind some blogging about blogging, but I can't STAND receiving something from someone who says, "I really didn't want to do this, but I'm doing it anyway." Doesn't make me grateful; doesn't intrigue me; just pisses me off. Don't do me no such favors.

Or maybe I'm just in that kind of a mood. There was a death in my family in mid-December, and it's got me thinking about the shortness of life and the boringness of whining. Bottom line, your blogs are great. If you continue blogging, I hope it's because you want to. If you're disenchanted with blogging, then I wish you'd stop (ouch), or find a new way to deal with the disenchantment.

Just sayin.' Happy New Year.

LizaInSF
Loyal Bastard

Shango said...

Timateo,
Saw the great recap and preview of The Wire for Season 5. What I don't understand is why they don't have you throwing down for the cause (You probably said on KFOG but sadly no radio reception and restrictions on internet in the workplace). Anyway, looking forward to tomorrow's column.

ppage said...

loudfan,
not interested in changing your opinion of Letterman but will say that there are women that have left his employ because of his attitude....