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The Final Confession of Donald Draper

Spoilers, people, spoilers. “I broke all my vows. I scandalized my child. I took another man’s name and made nothing of it.” Thus goes the bottoming out we’ve been waiting for these past 7-8 years from Don Draper. His long dismantling, both self-instigated and otherwise, reached its endpoint in Mad Men‘s finale. Don’s marriage, his […]

Another Week Ends: Successful Blueprints, Redemptive Politicians, Don Draper’s Truth, Marital Advice, Humanist Blasphemy, Mavis Staples, Bono, and Dropping Keys

1. This is embarrassing to admit. As much as I love The Replacements, it is The Wilson Quarterly that has truly been rocking my world this past week. Two articles in particular, both from their Spring issue, are worth mentioning here. First, there’s Sarah Courteau’s “Feel Free to Help Yourself”, in which the author surveys […]

The Subtle Horror of Mad Men

Mad Men is a horror series. There… I said it. I didn’t believe this until recently. My impression was that it was a dark and brooding drama about the desperate and horny realities of life. This was until I had a conversation with a woman who could not watch the show. “Not watch Mad Men?” I thought… […]

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Win? The End of Friday Night Lights and the Popularity of Glee

You’ve got to hand it to Heather Havrilesky. She had the guts in The NY Times Magazine to expose one of the most egregious cultural travesties currently being foisted on the American public. I’m talking, of course, about the world of high school television dramas and the undisputed commercial and critical victory of Glee over […]

Forgiving Don Draper

A laudably contrarian view of Mad Men appeared in the recent issue of The New York Review of Books by Daniel Mendelsohn, “The Mad Men Account,” raising a number of important questions before making a remarkable and even rather touching conclusion, namely, that the real subtext of the show is an attempt by boomer children […]

"Mad Men" Season Premiere Tonight

A thoughtful interview with Mad Men creator and writer Matthew Weiner with some insights into what to expect this season. Season four begins as an almost brand new show. There is a new ad agency, a new office, a new apartment for the now single Don, and a new set of challenges. Yet Weiner admits that the central theme of the show remains unchanged. The question of identity is alive and well as we are left wondering “who is Don Draper?”

And if that wasn’t enough, here’s an official preview from the AMC website:

The Gypsy and the Hobo: Mad Men Ep. 11

(Warning: Mad Men spoiler alerts ahead—if you aren’t caught up on the last few weeks of Season 3, and don’t want to be, don’t read this post!) “Don, open the drawer or I will.” ….holy $%@&! This is 2 weeks late in coming but let’s talk about Episode 11 of Mad Men’s third season; it’s […]

Interview with Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner

In celebration of the beginning of Season 3, here is a link to an interview with Matthew Weiner, writer of the television series Mad Men (my favorite show of all time). Below are two of the most poignant questions and answers: Q: Is there a fixed moral center to the show, or does it shift? […]