We’re still six weeks away from the beginning of Passover, but that’s where my mind is this morning.
During the Seder, we speak of the Four Sons — one wise, one wicked, one simple and one who does not know to ask — as a lens through which to view the possible meanings and interpretations of the observance. The Seder is full of remarkable recountings, but each of the four archetypal sons responds to the remarkable in a different way.
For reasons that probably say strange things about me, I look at HBO’s new Friday lineup — “The Ricky Gervais Show,” “The Life and Times of Tim” and “Real Time with Bill Maher” — and I see HBO attempting to reboot the essence of the Four Sons through Tim, Karl Pilkington and Bill Maher. All three are essentially reactive figures, men to whom things happen, but they respond to the encroachment of the world in very different ways.