Down in the hole with Steve Earle

Stumbled across this piece at

Steve Earle discusses Way Down in the Hole, the show, and his role as Waylon.

“Playing Waylon is like going to a 12 step meeting and getting paid for it.”

What was his favorite Wire moment?

It’s not all work for Earle, however. The singer-songwriter is an avid fan of the show and is quick to respond when asked of his favorite moment. “In the fourth season when Bodie realizes that the game is rigged and tries to get out … and he does,” Earle says. “It was heartbreaking, but it was real.”


Another county heard from.

As the number of words written about David Simon and “The Wire” approaches a zillion bajillion, here are a few thousand more, this time from Columbia Journalism Review. It rehashes a lot of what we already know about the Simon/Marimow/Carroll drama, but adds an interesting angle, probably of interest only to journalists — how do you cover a city and its problems? How much context do you need to bring to the table, or to Page One? Look for this to be examined in episode two, with the assignment of the big education project.

Not that I have seen episode two. My Comcast On Demand service has been funky all week, and as of Friday evening, it’s not available. Nuts.