Però, després de remarcar que "it seemed ennobling of the arts – or seemed to confirm the notion that bad times are a gift to creativity – that HBO was producing great work during a period when America was run by complete idiots", fa un apunt irònic que incideix sobre la vella qüestió de la diferència que hi ha entre l'opinió pública i l'opinió publicada, i que hauríem de tenir com a recordatori permanent als qui ens dediquem, més o menys, a la cosa diguem-ne cultural: "Some wag said of The Wire that it had only 100,000 viewers, but each of them had a column in the Guardian." Touché!
divendres, 4 de juny de 2010
Les sèries d'HBO
Andrew O'Hagan, que és un cronista extraordinari, escriu, amb una certa retranca, al darrer número de la London Review of Books sobre l'èxit que, d'un temps ençà, tenen a la Gran Bretanya les sèries produïdes pel canal nord-americà HBO. I diu: "The HBO series is generally held to be about the writing and the acting and the brave storytelling. People got into the habit of talking about the The Sopranos as they might once have spoken about something at the Royal Court. [...] groups of people sat down with box sets of The Wire much as people used to do with the ‘War of the Roses’ cycle at the National. It was long, it was wonderful, it was difficult to make out what was being said, but it was good for you, and it stopped you from having nothing to say at dinner."