David Simon on Paths of Glory

Monday, September 20, 2010

David Simon, creator of the HBO series The Wire and Treme, has written the foreward to the new Penguin Classics edition of Paths of Glory.  He discusses the tension between the individual and the institutions they serve and how that plays out in politics, war, and everyday life.


David Simon

Comments [13]

Lino from New York, Ny

I fail to see how global warming is the most serious problem this country faces. Simon's inability to address the rise of union power over the past 40 and its crippling effect on public finanaces on the state and federal levels as well as on certain former blue-chip titans of industry and the entire public education system is beyond me. This man might be smart and sharp but he shows where he stands on the ideological spectrum rather clearly.

Sep. 21 2010 02:00 PM

Awesome - so refreshing to hear logic and intellect applied honestly to some of the problems we face. David Simon for president.

Sep. 20 2010 11:42 AM
Phil Henshaw from way uptown

David Simon also mentioned the necessity for newspapers too survive. There's a genuine solution, that would take people realizing that if their browsers automatically paid $.25 an hour from their account, costing you maybe $2 a day to support the content on the web... We'd get much better content...

There are surmountable "chicken and egg" problems of getting it going, but understanding that it would become the dominant way to fund things in a "free information" world could pull it along if anyone really tried. I've been trying to find the people with the vision to brainstorm it for a few years now....

Sep. 20 2010 11:06 AM
Jonathan V Porcelli from Clinton Hill, BK

I belong to a boat club in Brooklyn. The majority of the members are NYPD, NYFD, and city employees. Some are retired, some on disability, but all of them recipients of one of the most socialistic systems designed in the USA. Full benefits, pensions and health care.

Yet the majority of them deride Obama as a socialist or a Marxist and have abandoned the Democratic party which long supported the unions they belong to.

Have they become a ruling (i.e wealthy) class?

Sep. 20 2010 11:05 AM
Amy from Manhattan

If Mr. Simon is going to call himself left-wing, he ought to realize how patronizing & dismissive he sounds when he calls Ms. Huffington a "lovely lady, but...."

Sep. 20 2010 10:59 AM
yourgo from astoria

good job summarizing the tea party

Sep. 20 2010 10:59 AM

what do you think about aol's micronews site,, paying $10 per article?

Sep. 20 2010 10:57 AM
Peter Simon from UWS

Could your guest comment on the closing scene of the film when the French troops in the tavern are transformed by singing of a captured German girl. I find this to be one of the most moving scenes in the history of cinema as a common humanity is shared between so called enemies. Does this scene exist in the book?
The actress who played the German girl became Kubrick's wife.

Sep. 20 2010 10:57 AM
A Listener

Is Mr. Simon aware of the situation in Bell, California, and the role the LA Times played there?

Sep. 20 2010 10:56 AM
Phil Henshaw from way uptown

How cultural bubbles of misinformation develop, with lots of people "seeing" the discrepancy but helpless to do anything but shrug it off.... does indeed seem about to be mankind's undoing.

One way to view it as how our cultures habitually build up world views, by mutual agreement. We don't have traditions of questioning our own beliefs, though, so they just grow and grow in relation to themselves. There are dramatic places where you can see a complete split between our mental worlds and the physical one, like the idea of limitless economic growth.

They tend to produce what Upton Sinclair described with, “It’s hard to make a man understand something when his livelihood depends on him not understanding it”. My newest addition to the list is the way it is quite necessary for people in the green design and sustainable development movements to "disremember" that they themselves and businesses around the world, mainly use efficiency for growing their businesses.

The question is why would anyone try to check their myths with observations of the world, when group thinking free of constraints is so much easier.

Sep. 20 2010 10:56 AM
john from office

What a sharp well spoken guest. No yelling just logic. Very good.

Sep. 20 2010 10:56 AM
paulb from Brooklyn

Recently re-viewed POG. It is a brilliant film. What about Ralph Meeker's punch that nails the other enlisted man--Joe Turkel? Best movie punch ever?

Sep. 20 2010 10:55 AM

This man is sharp.

Sep. 20 2010 10:54 AM

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