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!

 Posted by on June 25, 2015 at 4:00 am  Characters, Mad Men, Slideshow  11 Responses »
Jun 252015
 

Lois Sadler phone 3

 

Switchboard to Don’s Desk

Trims Guy’s toenails with John Deere

Ciao, Lois Sadler

 

Lois John Deere 2

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