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    The New York Times CompanyWilly Staley9/29/2136 min
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    • DellwoodBarker1 year ago

      There are two series that are considered classics I still need to see: this one and The Wire. Been on my list a while. Cool to know that the film is a prequel as a newbie.

      This paragraph really stood out to me:

      The comedic engine, for him, was this: What if things had become so selfish and narcissistic in America that even the mob couldn’t take it? “That was the whole thing,” he said. “America was so off the rails that everything that the Mafia had done was nothing compared to what was going on around them.”

      • KapteinB
        Scribe
        1 year ago

        There are two series that are considered classics I still need to see: this one and The Wire.

        I can highly recommend The Sopranos, but The Wire didn't really click for me. I lost interest and stopped watching partway through the second season. It wasn't actually bad, not even boring exactly, but I just never really wanted to watch the next episode.

    • Plum
      Top reader this weekReading streak
      1 year ago

      This scared me! There is so much in this article … “the show is, at its heart, about the bathetic nature of decline. “Decline not as a romantic, singular, aesthetically breathtaking act of destruction,” he said, but as a humiliating, slow-motion slide down a hill into a puddle of filth. “You don’t flee a burning Rome with your beautiful beloved in your arms, barely escaping a murderous horde of barbarians; you sit down for 18 hours a day, enjoy fewer things than you used to, and take on the worst qualities of your parents while you watch your kids take on the worst qualities of you.”

    • KapteinB
      Scribe
      1 year ago

      I think I didn't pick up on much of the nuance and social commentary when I watched this show, nearly a decade ago. Maybe it's time to give it another watch.