RE: HBO's The Wire: Dignity or Despair?
No Yale street cred here either. I too think The Wire is nothing short of brilliant and I'm totally on Simon's side. The only real hope - in fact, grace - in the fifth season is to be found in Bubbles and the people who surround him. Everyone is else is caught in the big lie and looking for the scapegoat in the Girardian sense.
RE: The Weakerthans’ Liturgy of the Other Hours
One of my favourite songs by the Weakerthans is "The Reasons" from Reconstruction Site. It's the last line that always gets me and reminds me how important it is to accept love from others. " I know you might roll your eyes at this, but I'm so glad that you exist." And you are so right to say that there is something irresistable about the band. Any of the times I've seen them play, they always look like they are having the best time together. They may be the only band to ever write a love song about curling. How very Canadian.