Some reading to tide you over that long, agonizing wait for season five:
First, be sure to check out this New Yorker profile of David Simon, a career-spanning piece that ranges all the way from the DC suburbs to the Baltimore Sun to the last episode of The Wire. (You'll want to let your eyes glaze over a few potentially spoiler-laden paragraphs. I certainly did.) Margaret Talbot clearly knows her Simon--no features writer who was not conversant with The Corner would use "off-brand" as a pejorative. Added bonus: the real-life Marimow.
Then head over to this Rolling Stone interview from last year for the hilarious story about how Simon managed to keep the show in Baltimore. Reads like a lost script page from seasons three or four.
Wrap it up with a nice leisurely read of this extended version of a George Pelecanos interview in the Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages. Pelecanos, a Washington, DC-based crime novelist and Wire writer, fires off the truest, most damning line you never heard in season two:
The dock locations were literally disappearing as we were shooting. There is no working class anymore. The working class is a myth that people use to sell Ford trucks.
Don Draper wishes he could be that hard boiled.