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Down in the Hole: The unWired World of H.B. Ogden Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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Sean Michael Robinson, 31, is a writer, cartoonist and former high school art teacher, man-about-town, and lover of science. In December of 2010, he worked almost eighty hours as a Victorian-era mercenary caroler, complete with four-part harmony, tails, and top hat. He’s currently halfway through his debut graphic novel, recording his fourth album, and moonlights as an internet phenomenon.
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A longer take-off on their blog post "When It Isn't Your Turn: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden's 'The Wire'" (fans of course will know where the title of the book and the blog post come from), "Down in the Hole" does two things; first, it re-writes certain scenes from the show as if they were written in the style of Dickens or other Victorian novelists (along with illustrations), and second, it contains criticism of the work of "H.B. Ogden", and places his work in the context of that period, both from a literary and historical perspective. So, in the first, we get to read, among others, the famous crime scene in Season 1 where McNulty and Bunk solve a murder while only using the "f" word as dialogue, D'Angelo lecturing the drug dealers under his charge about economics, Omar testifying in court, Stringer and Avon reminiscing about the old days, and so on.Read more ›
Sadly, there are only so many times you can pretend that The Wire is a Victorian novel before it stops being funny. This book alternates between scenes from The Wire rewritten as if they were in Victorian times and critiques that boil down to "This was a departure from the Dickens inspiration since it's much bleaker than Dickens."
There are Web sites that can become print but they usually have sustained audiences with feedback over time. The Onion, Stuff White People Like and Hark a Vagrant all became books worthy of being bought because you can go to their sites several times and find new material.
This book is one joke. It's a funny joke, but even the funniest joke ever told (my vote is for the one about the bear and the hunter) is still sad over 130 years.
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If you like the Wire and are also a fan of great literature, you will LOVE this book. Parodies Literary Criticism as it treat "TheWire" as if it were a long-lost Dickenson... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Edward H. Cole Jr.
What if an unknown contemporary of Charles Dickens wrote a serial novel called the Wire in which McNulty, Mr. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Kathryn Robinson