It’s been a while since we’ve had a great interview with Weiner, but worth the wait for this one from the Baltimore Sun.

“I will not lie and pretend like I’m not trying to say something about American life,” Weiner said. “The real story of the show is about assimilation and upward mobility.”

“The story of upward mobility is that you are going to have to give up something that is very important to you if you want to succeed – and giving that up is going to be very painful at some point,” he said. “We don’t talk much about the painful part in our popular culture.”