Open Thread: Talk Among Yourselves

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Aug 232015
 

Hell on Wheels will be late. Turns out even middle-aged writers go out Saturday nights. Masters of Sex will be along. In the meantime, my very own Lippsister, Roberta, has gotten herself a new kitten: Maggie!

Topic tonight is therefore: Pet names. Why did you name your pets as you did? I’ll chime in below.

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Aug 122015
 

You guys!

Mad Men Carousel at Amazon

Mad Men Carousel at Amazon

We’ve hinted at this to-die-for Mad Men news here and there, but now it’s all official-like, and we are so excited about this we could plotz.

Available now for pre-order, with a release date of November 10th, is Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion by Matt Zoller Seitz. With a whole lot of material contributed by us.

You totally want to buy this book.

If you don’t know who Matt Zoller Seitz is (TW: @mattzollerseitz) he is a first class film and television critic (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism–yes that’s an actual thing) as well as a best-selling author. He is the TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com. You know RoberEbert.com? That’s MZS behind the wheel as editor-in-chief. Except it’s not a wheel, it’s a carousel.

This book is quite an achievement. It is a functional and engaging companion for any viewer, whether first-timer or repeat binge-watcher. It includes all 92 of Matt’s recaps (Zoller Seitz, not Matt Weiner–which makes things confusing around here)–and that’s the modern definition of a recap, with less play-by-play and more color. In addition to the recaps/reviews, there are hundreds of footnotes. The footnotes are divided into two sections–the spoilery stuff is isolated so new viewers remain in a safe zone. There is almost no limit to the kinds of things covered in these footnotes. They offer historical background, context, or insights which range from actual era-based events, to references within the show—”When Don says X here, it reminds us of that time he says Y to Peggy”–to anachronisms and timeline snafus; background information on the actors, etc. Deborah and I contributed a great deal of these, pulling from our own Basket essays and recaps, and writing new content as we worked–all of which will find its way into the blog. Continue reading »

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I’m going away for the weekend. BEACH! BEACH! Either Hell on Wheels or Masters of Sex, or possibly both, will be a little late. photo by:

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Jun 21, 2015

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