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Reading Deadwood: A Western to Swear By
by David Lavery
With the debut of Deadwood on HBO, a vision of the "Old West" emerged that was unlike anything done before on TV. David Milch, also the creator of NYPD Blue, imbued the series with his signature use of harsh language, complex storylines, and shocking acts of violence. The characters he created redefined the hackneyed stereotypes of the Western genre, from the harassed but ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by I. B. Tauris
(first published January 1st 2006)
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Jun 10, 2010 Philly Aesthete Brown rated it really liked it
Critical essays on the series. The introduction alone is a standout. It provides us with an introduction to David Milch (series creator, writer) the man and the mind. Once you understand the trajectory of his life from scholar to Hollywood writing hack and his literary obsessions, you understand much about the undergirding ethos of this series & of NYPD Blue as well. Complicated guy, Milch. As you would imagine, there are a few essays that tackle language as used in the series and do so ...more