Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The New York Times Magazine on ‘Treme’

This weekend, the New York Times Magazine will run a cover story on my old bud David Simon and his new HBO drama series, “Treme.” The article is up online as of today.

I haven’t read it yet, except to see that I’m quoted early in the piece, sounding intelligent. (And that I’m pictured alongside Simon in the photo slide show.)

As a consequence of the sterling reputation of “The Wire,” the media will be all over “Treme” in the coming weeks. Fun fun fun.

38 comments:

maria said...

oh, i just posted this on your wall. well, of course you had it first. bravo!

Thrasher said...

I am just not feelin it of course I never worshipped "The Wire" another cutting cutter caricature of urban life created frm the limited imagination of a white writer like Simon..

'Treme' from what I sense so far has one redeemable possibility which is the music I doubt if an overinflated white writer like Simon could fuck that up but hell even that is possible ..

I gotta find a way to produce and create my own vision and production it is true that my contempt for productions like these fictional ballons require of me to produce my own more authentic vision on paper and film...


Back to work...gotta finish this script on my urban feng shui character Dr.Cuckoo( is working on a case about changing the interiors of an abortion clinic for his client a Black female doctor)

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Well, Thrasher, given your demonstrated command of the English language and your abundance of insights into society and human nature, it's only a matter of time until Hollywood comes calling.

Ray said...

I liked that interchange between you and Simon at the beginning. Yeah, you sounded intelligent. Thought you were taller for some reason though. And Peters looks frickin' fantastic in that suit.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Cheers, Ray. Thanks for commenting.

Thrasher said...

UBM,

This is a chat site not an english lit class but since you are obessing over my spelling skills please by all means be my human spellchecker in here..

BTW your photo again leaves me with many reservations about you being a brother now I do understand the 'one drop rule' reality in our nation but clearly you are not a dark skinned negro with a negro dialect and there is no question a white lokking brother like you experienced white folks quite different than me and other dark skinned negroes..I think your hue( whatever you are) accounts for me not feelin you on a number of issues..

BTW check my spellin....lol,lol,lol

One other note I have a slamming script could I send it to you..Have you got the courage to genuflect to my skills...Dr.Cuckoo
is a great personality)

Undercover Black Man said...

One other note I have a slamming script could I send it to you..

Nicca, you just made Courvoisier shoot out my nose.

You are hilarious, Thrasher! That was comedy genius!

Thrasher said...

UBM( I perfer this over David sounds so white an all..lol,lol,lol)..Really you got a techicolor issue in my hood

Hennessey I hope maybe you are one of those light skinned brothers over compensating..

Don't be afraid UBM I know you resent my not fallin all over you like your mascots but my script is truly slamming..I bring all types of insights and perspectives that formula writers like you and Simon can never get inside of..

UBM my shit is like a griot from the hood playing a sax I get inside the note and sing some serious riffs with my development of my characther and story arc..

One final note check my spellin...Please my email is planeidea@msn.com hit me up and I will send you a outline..My Dr.Cuckoo is the shit..lol,lol

junebug said...

LOL! I was gonna say something about Treme, but I'm sorry...reading that Dr. Cuckoo shit had me DYING LAUGHING!!!! Every young novice should try that tactic to break into the biz: "Nigga, you ain't shit! You write like a BITCH! You ain't even BLACK! Oh by the way...can I send you my script? It's called 'Dr. Cuckoo And The Chocolate Fetus'! It's like 'Willie Wonka' meets an episode of 'Law And Order:SVU'! You can hook a brotha up, right? I mean, a REAL brotha. Not a fake one, like you."

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Hee-heeee...

KST said...

Co-signing with junebug. This exchange had to be the funniest shit I've seen all week.

UBM: Congrats on the show.

Davis Rogan said...

I skimmed the NYT article and noticed I am not in it. The positive interpertation of that is I wasn't caught saying anything stupid.

Thrasher said...

Junebug,

Your interpetation of my move was almost accurate you were correct in reflecting my views about David's ( I meant UBM David sounds so white and jewish,,he,he,he)writing and his "one drop black" act he plays in here ( in my hood we call him playing the angela davis act light skinned colored folks acting blacker than blue black negroes from Africa)

Now with regard to my move to get David my script that entire piece was scripted and it worked perfectly...lol,lol,lol

Now here is tease from a Dr.Cuckoo's script....

"Something about the bedroom was depressing it may have been the color of the curtains or the plaid blankets on the twin beds Dr.Cuckoo was up against the clock he had to figure out a way to be naked in both beds when the chinese twins returned......"

uglyblackjohn said...

Mills - Do we get a refund if the show sucks?
My family is from all over The Boot so you betta' represent.

The funny thing is - only in NOLA would you be one of the Blackest cats on the Block.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Blacker than the King of Zulu.
Check me out on Hulu.
So crazy talented they call me "Dr. Cuckoo."

Sending peace to my nigga Thrasher,
the digital dick-flasher,
the party-crasher,
wannabe Hollywood-studio check-casher...

Ill said...

"Sending peace to my nigga Thrasher,
the digital dick-flasher,
the party-crasher,
wannabe Hollywood-studio check-casher..."

Ouch! LOL...That hurt MY feelings and Im one of UBM's "mascots" (not). Damn UBM..If Shalomar wouldnt've kicked you out, Howard Hewitt would still be poppin'....

Rusty Eagle, Hollywood, USA said...

Thrasher, you have always had issues with THE WIRE and now TREME (which has yet to air) or is it issues with David Simon (a white man writing about black people). THE WIRE in my opinion was as close to reality as you can get and it portrayed black people on every level of the social strata. I would go on a limb to say it's the best ever. I lived in the DC/Bmore area and it was on point. I am from NOLA and I trust Simon, UBM and staff, that TREME will do the same. I as a New Orleanian am tired of the TIRED depictions of us like K-Ville. Handing the telling of that story to the creators of the now defunct Jack & Bobby was just dumb. Everybody doesn't live in a swamp or have a daily effing gumbo party in NOLA but I won't continue about the stereotypes. Give it a chance or create your own. UBM can't wait for the show to air but you know this.

KST said...

Thrasher said...in my hood we call him playing the angela davis act light skinned colored folks acting blacker than blue black negroes from Africa

^Ah, because clearly playing Stepin Fetchit is soooo much better. : )

Thrasher said...

Everytime UBM starts to expound on anything Black I know I am on point about his lack of Black cultural DNA...David reminds me of so many conflicted brothers on the block always trying to be down and so deep..so dark..so much of nothing..

I meant that rythme was oh so colored..so David... so devoid of dark skinned negroes with negro dialect..lol,lol,lol

"Undercover Black man so concern about being caught losing his tan..

Undercover Black man always thinken he flickin yet in reallyness he just a ordinary ticken..

Undercover Black man hiding behind mask yet always showing his ass

Undercover Black man clothe in questionable color called creamin been caught screaming about his Blackness will never be known in the hood as beamin...

Thrasher said...

@rusty,

It is never a good time to tell a hard truth..

BTW do you really need view the entire reel of Birth of a Nation???

Of course I am tired of underdeveloped white writers like Simon and others who sample Black ethos ..

Unlike so many I want my Black culture uncut and authentic ..I do not want a 2nd rate stenographer providing at best hearsay of our truths...

You can have Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Chris Botti..I want Monk, Miles, Coltrane, Sarah, Duke,..You want to validate posers who offer up artificial accounts of our reality let me get out of your way..

I don't embrace or validate pretense ..I am not like David aka UBM fillin in the gaps for posers like Simon providing them a cover for authenticity..

I want my blackness straight w/o a chaser...The "Wire" was easy to write that reality is a common theme in all balck urban venues across the nation..

Simon is part of the bandwidth of white folks that eat a taco and become experts on mexicans, they eat a egg roll and become asian experts..They eat fried chicken and attend Black events and act like they are PHD's on coloreds and negroes..

Take Simon away from David and he has negrophobia 24/7...

Undercover Black Man said...

^ My man Thrasher, the cockroach smasher! Whaddup, bwah?

Steady flashing your hood pass...
while trying to get with my Hollywood pass.

How about you keep yours and I keep mine and we'll call it a day?

Thrasher said...

UBM aka David( that is so not dark skinned negro..lol,lol,lol)

Your last post sounds like a retreat...I have a global passport I navigate in all venues..

Of course you can keep your UBM pass I have no desire to parrot or mimic you..I meant Hollywood is a big play ground they can handle and have handled many 'one drop rule colored guys like you giving quarter and running interference for white writers like Simon....

What amuses me about guys like you that have inner camouflage issues is that when folks like me enter the frame and express our protrait you start getting emotional..

Now get a grip and stay focus I understand your issue as a Black man living in our nation even brothers having to play in costume gotta eat...

Thrasher said...

UBM,,

Enjoy the weekend...If I do watch this nonsense it will be your script...A percentage black man subject to the one drop rule is always better than a white one...lol,lol,lol

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Someone wants to piggyback on this blog owner's success and creativity.

I see's me a leech.

uglyblackjohn said...

Who better than Mills to write a mixed race/culture script?
The entire history of The Boot is one of blended races/cultures.
If his one drop allows him to better identify with many from the area - good on him.
It's still odd that many who hate on those woth a lighter skin tone don't really hate Mills - they just hate that they are not Mills.

Keep writing UBM - there are many shades and types of "Black".

Thrasher said...

@uglyblackjohn,

The Boot deserves better than the conflicted tried themes of a white pretender like Simon and his sidekick David...

I am so tired of the inflated myth of the mixed race tales of the NOLA at end of the day dark skinned negroes with negro dialects were the definitive theme..

junebug said...

LOL! Come on, y'all! Thrasher is clearly puttin' us all on! I mean, seriously, no one with a properly functioning brain could write that ol' Dr. Cuckoo bullshit and be serious about it! In fact, I'm willing to bet that Thrasher is actually David Simon HIMSELF, playing a goofball prank on UBM! You a fool, David Simon!

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Ha. Busted!

;^)

Thrasher said...

Come on Junebug you know a white jewish sponge like Simon who has zero street cred and black cultural chops could never create the rythm and personality of a creation like Dr. Cuckoo unless he had a black injection sidekick like David..

BTW did you notice how David copied my move yesterday by calling me a cockroach and then retreating with the ivy leaf handshake..lol,lol,lol

That colored boy David is real good with playing blackface..lol,lol,lol

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Ol' Thrasher, the Jew-basher. Where y'at, homebwah?

Look here, if you want me to read your script, you gotta mail it to my agent in Beverly Hills, Mr. Dees.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Oh, let me give you his full name:

Deeeeez NUTS!

junebug said...

"Come on Junebug you know a white jewish sponge like Simon who has zero street cred and black cultural chops could never create the rythm and personality of a creation like Dr. Cuckoo unless he had a black injection sidekick like David..." - David "Thrasher" Simon

Come on, Dave. For real, doe! LMAO! Loved your work on Homicide and The Wayans Brothers!

Thrasher said...

David,

Now I am a Jew basher???..What the fuck..is this what happens to one drop rule negroes like you who run cover for white guys seeking street cred..

You are an idiot I am jewish you ignorant "percentage negro in blackface..." I have been called swartza many times by my fellow yids...Ask your trainer Simon about the term "swartza"...Check out the look on his face

I guess your olive leaf approach is off the table now...lol,lol,lol

One drop rule negroes like you are amusing that 99% whiteness in you probably drives You fucking crazy...I bet your negrophobia count is off the charts..

"Undercover Black man hiding behind mask yet always showing his ass"

""Undercover Black man so concern about being caught losing his tan..

David..I own you in here..In your own house I own me a 'one drop rule poser"...

BTW Check my spellin..lol,lol,lol

Off to dinner...

junebug said...

LOL! First he black, now he a Jew? What I tell y'all? David Simon=Thrasher all day! Check, please. PS: Can you get me Andre Braugher's autograph, Thrash?

Thrasher said...

I woke up this morning reading NYT of course I had to read the magazine insert after viewing the on-line treatment David provided..It was interesting and revealing revisiting the print version of the on-line version..

I noted the following:

-No David Mills photo!!! to late we now know David does not look like a dark skinned negro..lol,lol,lol I wonder if my protestations in here had some impact on NYT magazine??? Now that David is out of the closet I bet he is pissed...

-The writers that gathered at the September meeting lacked original Black writers from NO...Other than Alvarez and our one drop rule negro David it was the usual white guys offering up thier hearsay about Black culture...A classic Simon treatment..

-Mac Rebennack knows I am right about the Simon's of the world "Confusementalism" lives in the venues of Simon and Mills world..

To be continued of course...

VenetianBlond said...

I'm collecting as much content as possible in the run-up to the premiere--will cross link here. Talk about eagerly anticipated! I'm looking forward to Simon's new methodology switching from how the institutions keep individuals down to how individuals rise above.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Thanks, Blond. Welcome to my spot.

VenetianBlond said...

Hi back! Thanks for the welcome! Having fun going back and clicking all these multitudinous links...