Before mercury, my blood used to fill thermometers.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Called out of darkness a new life to begin.

I'm getting ready to go to the Emily Books party. I'm getting over a cold. I wrote about "The Forecast" and "Time & Life," and this weekend, Mad Men gets antepenultimate.

Some things to ponder: What does Joan want? Where is heaven? Who would win in a Sterling Cooper secretary battle royale?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I think he's making Clara nightly.

Just when I thought I had my priorities in order, at work, I was installed on the Mad Men beat. In addition to writing about the episodes as they air — like "Severance" and "New Business" — I am also writing about the motifs that reappear throughout the seasons.

Photo: Dou Hyun/AMC
The characters on Mad Men might drink alcohol to avoid confronting the changing world around them, for instance, but every time the agency takes on a client that sells alcohol, it catalyzes big change in the way they do business (although they frequently respond to that with tantrums that include, among other things, drinking).

Idealistic Peggy and Don both consider Paris a dream place where they can take a proper reprieve from their worlds. This despite the fact that everyone on Mad Men who has been to Paris associates it with some personal disaster — a pivotal lover left Roger there, Sylvia Rosen's son got his draft papers while he was there. Like Carmella Soprano before them, if either of them get there, I bet they will see a ghost.

Don and Roger's changing — or unchanging — attitudes towards women can be charted in their approach to buying fur. And when put that way, it is clear why.

And while Don wants to make people into piles of money so he can escape having to deal with their emotions, Joan — sadly — wants to become a pile of money so she will not have emotions anymore.

Did you notice the story of season one is happening again, quietly, in the periphery of season seven? Actually, a lot of previous seasons are happening simultaneously, but this is the creepiest.

And if Mad Men ended like Twin Peaks, that would not be the worst thing. I mean, even if it ended the way Twin Peaks ended, with a slog through the Red Room, Roger up all night waiting for Don, and evil Don roaming the Earth, I would not resist.

Also: Mad Men is one big ham joke.

Monday, April 6, 2015

I think you have me confused with someone else.

"She's my cousin, but doesn't she look exactly like Laura Palmer?"

What I'm saying is: Mad Men season seven, episode eight, "Severance," is to your cousin what Twin Peaks is to Laura Palmer.


"This is the girl."


"You're going back to Missoula, Montana!"


"Chikadee on a Dodge Dart."