‘Bored to Death,’ the new HBO comedy by Jonathan Ames, is one of the few shows to delve into the persona of Brooklyn, beyond the cliches to real life.
Jonathan Ames is a novelist, essayist, short story writer, and, most recently, the creator of “Bored to Death,” an HBO comedy starting its third season October 10. In the show, Jason Schwartzman stars as a fictional version of Ames who moonlights as a private detective on Craigslist to relieve a bad case of writer’s block. His friends, comic book artist Ray Hueston (Zach Galifianakis) and magazine editor-cum-restaurateur George Christopher (Ted Danson), join him in his adventures. Ames spoke to The Arty Semite at a café in his Brooklyn neighborhood of Boerum Hill about dealing with success, making the move from literature to television, and the source of his Jewish anxiety.
Earlier this week, Saul Austerlitz wrote about his recent author tour and five not-as-terrible-as-you-think movies. His blog posts are being featured this week on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog series. For more information on the series, please visit: