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David Simon Bonds with O’Malley over The Pogues

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:25am

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David Simon

So recently — and there’s photographic evidenceThe Wire creator and frequent O’Malley critic David Simon found himself on an Acela train with Maryland governor and The Wire hater Martin O’Malley. At the urging of his son, Simon bought O’Malley a beer and the two attempted a civil interaction.

Simon details the friendly encounter — well, not so much “details” as the two spoke mostly off the record — on his blog, The Audacity of Despair. It’s a good read, and Simon’s blog is one of the few places on the Internet where the comments section does not shatter one’s faith in humanity.

Highlights include the two bonding over their love of Celtic New Wave band The Pogues and O’Malley’s Irish-ization of an old Jewish joke. Also, Simon casually mentioned that he was looking over some casting tapes. So maybe he’s working on something.

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  • Mark Gately

    David,

    Nice story. There really is something about riding on the train. Having done so more times than I can recall, I’ve often thought that it would be a wonderful experiment to take enough money to ride the Accella back-and-forth to New York for six months or a year year ust to see how much could be made on investments learned about on the train. For whatever reason, be it the most confidential of potential corporate takeover information, or the grimy details of their divorce, people just seem to think that there in the wonderfully conceived Zone of Silence from Maxwell Smart exists on the train. I’ve been stunned at some of the things that I’ve heard riding on the Acella that people would dare not talk about anywhere else.

    I am not myself an O’Malley fan, but I am a great fan of talking to anyone and everyone, particularly those with whom I might disagree.. It’s a family disease. I do remember many years ago you addressing a gathering of the combined Law Clubs. I took Gary with me to the dinner and I still remember well your core point: we need to focus on violence, and drugs associated with violence. As to The Drug War, forget that. We’ve already lost.

    I have thought of that speech many,many times and wish that our law-enforcement efforts would have focused more on violence then on all drugs. But then I know well that the Jaggers rule applies: You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

    Hope all is well.

    Mark

    [Obviously have no idea as to how to post correctly. Ths is either on your site multiple times, or perhaps not at all. Sorry.}
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