Been enjoying The Gospel of Anarchy. You should, too.
Brooklyn Based: I ask because a lot people talk about how TV writing is at this high point. Would you ever be interested in dramatic writing of any kind, say for film or TV? Do you think you can be a writer and still watch a lot TV?
JT: Yeah, it’s not going to kill you. I think there is a lot of great television being produced and some of it is definitely what I would qualify as real art. But if you want to write you’ve got to read. So when people start talking about, “Oh, I learned everything I needed to know to write a novel by watching The Wire.” It’s like, “Fuck you, no you didn’t. You might have gotten something from it.” And it’s a great show. If you look at the screen credits, it’s George Pelecanos, it’s Richard Price, it’s Dennis Lehane. These guys are real writers, they write real books, there’s no question. But watching a Richard Price episode of The Wire is not the same as reading Lush Life, it’s just not. There’s no reason not to do both, but what gets me is when people create that false equivalence to justify doing the one thing instead of the other. But, it’s a cool show.
I also have a big soft spot for geeky sci-fi stuff, weird fantasy stuff. I watched Battlestar Galactica, the whole series and I thought it was great. I used to be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer guy. Not a like a “go to the conventions guy,” but I watched it.