I apologize for the blogular negligence. As summer heaves into port, my attention becomes more critically concerned with family matters and finding/establishing that coveted balance for one and all. Once that balance is found, some lengthier blog postings are sure to follow.
Til then, here's the rough material: As with his ultimate star vehicle, James Gandolfini's passing has inspired a number of critical spin-offs. The most curious of meditations is this one, an excerpt from Brett Martin's Difficult Men: Behind The Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” to “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” (A). Ken Tucker reviews the book (very favourably), which prompts from him this observation:
“Unlike film or rock criticism, television criticism has never yielded a significant body of work—or at least an acknowledged one enshrined with any permanence in book form. Who have been TV criticism's Pauline Kaels, its Andrew Sarrises?”
I have some thoughts as to why this is so, and why this might soon change. But I will have to save that for another post in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future.