Nov 18, 2010

The average reader

My standard for versimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write porse narrative: fuck the average reader. I was always told to write for average reader in my newspaperlife. The average reader, as they meant it, was some suburban white subscriber with two-point-whatever kids and three-point-whatever cars and a dog and a cat and lawn furniture. He knows nothing and needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him. Fuck him to hell.

-- David Simon, in the liner notes to The Wire: & All the Pieces Matter.