I was looking for reviews of Treme, because even apart from David Simon’s track record, John Goodman and Melissa Leo are both on my “Actors To Watch, No Matter the Other Details” list. But cable does not happen in this household, and I’m too old & techno-cowardly to figure out bittorrent, so I won’t be able to watch actual episodes until the DVDs come out or HBO decides to Hulu. So, a link from an otherwise neutral-to-mildly-hostile review on the AOL site led me to Back of Town: Blogging Treme and (among other fine things) the following wisdom from Athenae:
Who has the right to tell your story and hear your story? Who has the right to be let in that deep? Telling a story is letting someone into your heart, into the things for you that are like the things of the church, the things you don’t talk about, that are knit into your muscle and bone. We were always trying to be conscious of that, at my last paper, that ain’t nobody obligated to give you shit about their lives and that if they do, you tread on that as if it’s sacred ground. We didn’t always get there but I’d never say we didn’t always try. Here’s the crazy thing, though: Show up on someone’s doorstep after their grandkid died in some horrific car accident or school shooting or something, call up somebody after 20 years who said he was molested by a priest, invite yourself to a funeral, join a Muslim family for dinner after their children have been spit at on the street, and more often than not people want you there. They invite you in. Feed you, even. They talk for hours. They want their story told.
We all know as fucking human beings, somewhere deep down, that our own memories only live as long as we do and the way we teach each other how to live is to tell our stories. And if we can’t tell them ourselves, we tell them this way: Books. Newspapers. TV shows. Movies, even. Radio. We’ve expanded the campfire where we used to share tales of the hunt to the entire fucking world. This is how we do this now.
Happy Tuesday, everybody. And… what did you think of Treme?