In this post from his blog, the creator of The Wire remembers the day he met one of the great writers of the 20th centuryIt isn’t that he merely took a blowtorch to all the affectations and pretences of genre fiction. No, he made the lines between genre and literary fiction ridiculous and arbitrary for all time. Fuck your categorisations: this guy did some of the best writing in the last half of the 20th century. He leaves behind narratives that make us think harder about the human condition, not to mention all of our presumptions about how our society actually functions – or doesn’t.I met him once. I was a newspaper reporter and so proud of that simple fact that I never wanted to ever be seen “going civilian”, fawning on celebrities or artists or political leaders or whoever. Good journalists, Mencken said, can write about cats and kings. The day’s assignment – and the personages you encounter – shall not adulterate the requisite mixture of detached interest and dry, professional disdain. Observe everything, admire nothing.But a couple decades ago, I was at an awards luncheon that happened to be honouring Mr Leonard and his career. And with exactly …read more

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