Omar in the Dell

Rats always run for holes in times of danger”–Omar For his second heist, Omar and his crew take their act to the Eastside, partly because they want to lay low…

1.1: The Snotboogie Paradox

A version of this piece was originally posted on wirefans.com Why’d you even let him in the game? — McNulty Before the Barksdale Crew, before the Special Investigations Unit, before the…

Date Night at the Harbor

Acting like we belong down here, know what I’m saying?–D’Angelo F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is one of the clearest literary influences for The Wire. I teach literature, so I will grant…

Stranded Somewhere Between Life and Death

Soon, though, soon.–Avon If the first four episodes of The Wire are intentionally stingy with details on Avon’s personal life, “The Pager” lets it all out. First, there is the opening scene which…