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March 29, 2007
FROM THE TROUBLE WITH TRACY TO THE SOPRANOS

Say what you aesthetes want to about television: advances in the representation of reality have taken place in the last three decades. A lot of literary critics say there's really no progress in artistic representation, but the quantifiable leap in the techne of representation, from The Trouble With Tracy to The Sopranos belies description. I am not speaking of dramaturgical complexity; I am not referencing Ibsenesque characterization; rather, I am noting that for the duration of The Sopranos, when a door was slammed, not once have the walls undulated from the impact.