• We live in a constant dialogue with New Orleans’ past, and the murk that has crept in keeps things complicated. –What an observation. These are the big questions for any society–are we forward looking? Are we past-oriented? What do we lose, and how, and what is already lost? What can be gained? At what cost? That's what Simon takes on, and why I don't think Treme is reductive. You've got to have a cast of characters to grab you by the elbow and guide you along, but if those big questions are there, it's not your weeknight network TV. Thanks for the mention, and stay cool!

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    It’s important to have empathy for the characters in Treme, even if they’re fictional, because the representations of what they encountered in their journey through these waters have an emotional and psychological weight all their own. The story line will be picked apart for many years to come. Who knows what ironic twists fate yet has to play on this tale, whether the writers know it yet or not? Nobody watching is more important than the least likable character portrayed in the story. What I find compelling about the story line is that the writers are letting the vectors of history guide them as they work. There may be contrived moments, and sometimes there are obvious hobbyhorses being ridden by individual contributors, but those pass quickly and are consumed by the tidal strength of the narrative. Treme is compelling because it’s real. It gives you far more than the reflection in the looking glass. We will be watching it for a long time, and I hope it gets at least five years to work its way through this complex tale of Americans fighting for their way of life in a manner that no one in Glenn Beck’s universe will ever understand.