Most people know The Wire as the HBO police drama set in Baltimore—an intricate five-season exploration of the brokenness of the inner-city’s war on drugs, education system, politics, and policing, and one of the most lauded television shows of all time. Fewer people know that it was originally a Victorian serial by the almost forgotten writer H.B. Ogden. Such, at least, was the claim of Sean Michael Robinson and Joy DeLyria, who wrote Down in the Hole: the unWired World of H.B. Ogden. They accompanied their text with drawings (by Robinson) from the original Wire, including a striking depiction of Omar Little walking down a London street as urchins scatter around him.
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Let me tell you about my boat…
The Belafonte was a long range sub-hunter during the second world war, which we bought from the U.S. Navy. This is my mentor Lord Mandrake. He’s dead now. The sauna was designed by an engineer from the Chinese space program, and we keep a Swedish masseuse on staff. Here’s where we do all our different science projects and experiments and so on. This is the kitchen which contains probably some of the most expensive equipment on the ship. Eleanor put together a top-notch research library for us with a complete first edition set of “The Life Aquatic companion series”. We process our own rushes and keep a cutting room onboard so we can do assembly while shooting. This is the observation bubble which I thought up in a dream actually. Two albino scouts swim the ship. They’re supposedly very intelligent although I’ve never seen any evidence of it. Here is the engine room. The bearing castings aren’t supposed to look like that but we can’t afford to fix them this year. Topside we’ve got the bridge, the mini sub, an old chopper, and all kinds of radar and sonar and underwater movie gadgets.
What happened to Jacqueline?
She didn’t really love me.