DAVID SIMON: Of course, of course.

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DAVID SIMON: They're not going to--

And then, he counters himself. Here David Simon sits, being paid exorbitantly well to work with some of the best actors working today and enjoying more exposure than your grandest New York Times best seller. Doing a show on 200 units of low-income housing being built on the east side of the Saw Mill Parkway and the racial strife that ensues. Here they are! In Yonkers! Filming this!

or all of his perceived fastidiousness, David Simon would never have become a titan of Golden Age television if it weren’t for a few happy accidents. The first came in the mid-’80s, when he was a junior reporter on the police beat for the Baltimore Sun, racking upward of 300 bylines a year chasing beatings, stabbings, and murders.

David Simon: No, later than that. '83.

David Simon: '95 I took a buyout.

David Simon’s latest project is titled Show Me a Hero. It’s six-part mini-series now airing on . It looks at what happened in Yonkers, New York, in the 1980s when Yonkers was faced with a federal court order to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town.

Well, after The Wire ended, David Simon went to create Treme, looking at New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which hit the city 10 years ago this week. In 2010, Simon was awarded a MacArthur Genius award. In a statement summarizing his work, the MacArthur Foundation said, quote, "With the nuance and scope of novels, Simon’s recent series have explored the constraints that poverty, corruption and broken social systems place on the lives of a compelling cast of characters, each vividly realized with complicated motives, frailties, and strengths."