Talking with David Simon About the Sex Industry, the Drug War and Meeting Obama
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Talking with David Simon About the Sex Industry, the Drug War and Meeting Obama

David Simon, creator of The Wire, Treme and, most recently, The Deuce, talks with Playboy Contributing Editor James Franco about the war on drugs, the power of fiction and what happens when capitalism meets sex. Your new HBO miniseries, The Deuce, is set in New York’s old 42nd Street, when it was full of strip clubs, prostitutes and pimps. What attracted you to that world? We’re trying to capture an extraordinary demimonde that sprang up in the middle of one of America’s greatest cities. It had almost no precedent in terms of sheer glorious degeneracy. It was the Wild West. In a country that has always had puritan pretensions, it was a time when sex came rocketing out of the closet in every possible form. Pioneers in this new industry at that moment lived through extraordinary experiences, and in the end many of them paid extraordinary costs. On one layer it’s a beautiful critique of unrestrained capitalism, of the idea that you can put a price on anything and sell it.…

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