Jun 292015
 

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Roberta, Matt, Deborah at 92Y

Deb and I agreed that I would write one of my birthday odes. I spent a lot of time with it, thinking about what might rhyme with the likes of Hilltop, Melfi, Ossining, Arlo, and Don Draper. And it just wasn’t happening.

Odes aside, the truth is we just adore Matt, and we’re both incredibly glad he was born. In giving us Mad Men, he has not just shifted the landscape of television, but he’s impacted the culture as a whole–and our lives personally.

That’s just alluding to what we’ve gotten from Mad Men. Matt is a whole other story. His intellect, his warmth, his exquisite gift for conversation–whether he’s speaking in a public forum or in an exclusive Basket-interview, he is generous and passionate and hilarious.

Happiest of birthdays, Matt. We love you.

–Deborah and Roberta

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Jun 292015
 

Ever since I posted this wish list of Matthew Weiner’s, we’ve had a weekly discussion group of items on this list.

 

These are the final items not yet discussed, and my comments.

Dr. Faye–ripe for a return, I think, not because there’s anything particularly unresolved, but because she has such insight into Don. What would she say about the Draper marriage and divorce?

Harry’s divorce: What’s Harry’s life like now?–Interesting. In Waterloo, Harry said that Jennifer was talking about divorce, but then stopped when he was about to make partner. There was never any conversation that she definitely divorced him thereafter, but I guess she did.

Frank’s story re: South Pacific/Papua New Guinea jungle (Possibly a…..from Roger)--the “…” is obscured on the list. Does anyone remember what this is?

Bottlers convention–I’m open to suggestions: why? WHY?

Gun client—guns & ammo–I think we saw intimations of this in Betty throwing away Bobby’s toy gun. Don has very strong feelings about this, if you recall Love Among the Ruins.

Okay everyone, get discussing!

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Jun 282015
 

#LoveWins

Happy Pride! Professor Spouse and I, legally married in the state of New York for almost two years, can now travel to her home state of Kentucky and remain married.

For this week’s open thread topic, anything about love is fair game! #lovewins

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Basket of News: June 26, 2015

 Posted by on June 26, 2015 at 7:35 am  Media-Web-News  1 Response »
Jun 262015
 

Variety has a great article about directors working on period dramas. The illustration is Jennifer Getzinger working on a Mad Men scene, and several of our other shows are mentioned.

Three really fun Jon Hamm clips from Jimmy Kimmel, with bonus Lizzy Caplan! First, some baseball stuff because sports. Next, we revisit the gummy bears at Bonnaroo. Finally, Lizzy Caplan explains why she’s better than Hamm. Who’s having none of it.

Last week, I made the case for Jon Hamm’s Emmy. This week, Matthew Weiner does.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released an anti-soda ad that incorporates the same iconic “Hilltop” Coke ad seen in the Mad Men finale.

Don and Betty Draper’s first house is for sale. Continue reading »

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Jun 252015
 
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(photo courtesy of Vulture: http://www.vulture.com/2015/06/true-detectives-theme-song-leonard-cohen-nevermind.html)

“Nevermind” by Leonard Cohen (2014)

The war was lost,
The treaty signed,
I was not caught,
I crossed the line.

I was not caught,
Though many tried,
I live among you,
Well disguised.

I had to leave
My life behind.
I dug some graves
You’ll never find.

The story’s told
With facts and lies.
I had a name,
But never mind.

Never mind,
Never mind,
I had to leave
My life behind.

The story’s told
With facts and lies.
You own the world,
So never mind.

My woman’s here,
My children, too.
Their graves are safe
From ghosts like you.

In places deep,
With roots entwined,
I live the life I left behind.

The war was lost,
The treaty signed,
I was not caught,
I crossed the line.

I was not caught,
Though many tried,
I live among you,
Well disguised.

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(photo courtesy of Vogue)

Names, war, death and layers of time. Pretty heavy song for a TV show? Not if it’s True Detective.

There’s a new sort of misery in the air this season on Nic Pizzolatto’s Emmy-nominated creation, with the Season 2 opener The Western Book of the Dead, and a lot of talk on the Internet about how it’s too weird, too dark and nothing really happened. Which reminds me a bit of naysayers’ reactions to Mad Men, may it rest in peace.

But much like Mad Men, there’s more than meets the eye here. Continue reading »

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Mad Men Haiku!

Mad Men Haiku!

Jun 25, 2015

  Switchboard to Don’s Desk Trims Guy’s toenails with John Deere Ciao, Lois Sadler  

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Lost Horizon is Lost

Lost Horizon is Lost

Jun 23, 2015

Mad Men episode 7.12, Lost Horizon is about the promises and limitations of Shangri-La, the idyllic utopia in the movie (and book) Lost Horizon. This entire season has been about that, and with this episode, we reach a kind of culmination: Here, everyone, here is where you wanted to go. This lets us have the last two […]

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Mad Men Wish List Discussion Group Monday

Mad Men Wish List Discussion Group Monday

Jun 22, 2015

Okay, we’re going to be multi-faceted today–I think next week will be the last week that we’ll have fun material to discuss. But I have loved this list! Pete sees Howard on the train This could be redundant, of course, and cliched, but it offers the chance of real complexity. What might have happened between […]

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Open Thread/Question of the Week

Jun 21, 2015

Happy Father’s Day, Basketcases! For our open thread topic this week, feel free to reminisce or share about your fathers, about fatherhood, or about whatever is on your mind on the first day of Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere).

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Basket of News, June 19, 2015

Jun 19, 2015

Do you want to see Jon Hamm feed gummy bears to Belle & Sebastian? Of course you do. If that doesn’t float your boat, Hamm also answers questions for The Wrap. When Hamm left Bonnarroo, he gave his wristband to a waitress. Because he’s awesome. Here’s a nice article on the Mad Men exhibit at […]

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Mad Men Haiku!

Mad Men Haiku!

Jun 18, 2015

  Bow tie and argyle The best things in life are free Orchiectomy          

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The Suitcase: Anatomy of a Fight

The Suitcase: Anatomy of a Fight

Jun 17, 2015

Let’s look back at one of the greatest Mad Men episodes of all: Season 4’s The Suitcase. Here’s how we knew we were gearing up for a titanic fight when Peggy returns to Don’s office after she broke up with Mark. It’s set up perfectly, Peggy’s resentment of Don, her devotion to her career at […]

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