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  1. All Episodes Talk: The Big Picture

    Great post. I'm intrigued by your last paragraph. Aside from Roger liking acid, what were some of the adaptations that surprised you?
  2. Mad Men Elimination Game

    Thanks for posting this. They learned the song from watching Mad Men. Both are big fans.
  3. S04.E09: A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie

    Nice catch!
  4. S03.E05: The Fog

    Thinking about Hollis, I came across this article about elevators, and elevator operators. https://www.wired.com/2010/03/0323otis-elevator-first/ "Elevators also created new jobs and helped empower the United States' most oppressed citizens. You may not see them much anymore, but there were once tens of thousands of elevator operators, most of whom were black. Indeed, the first elevator operator's union was formed in 1917 by none other than legendary labor organizer and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph – an elevator operator who went on to create the game-changing Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters." "In their earliest days, the job of elevator operator required the skill and touch of a barista: An operator ran the lift with a sliding lever that raised, lowered and stopped the lift."
  5. All Episodes Talk: The Big Picture

    I agree. It would have made a great finale.
  6. Good interview with January Jones. It's close to a half-hour with about half of it spent talking about Mad Men. She's quite chatty in contrast to her usually more reserved demeanor.
  7. S01.E08: Episode 8

    Yes on both counts. That's exactly what I was thinking.
  8. The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986)

    I love the scene in The Color of Money when Eddie gets hustled by the character played by Forest Whitaker in a very early role for him. As one of the reviewers on IMDB put it, you can see "a history of the man's failures" written on Newman's face. As mentioned, the Tom Cruise character isn't in the book, which is a slow-paced mainstream novel. One of the chapters has Eddie settling down with a University professor and helping her open an antique store. He combs the Kentucky hills searching for antique quilts to resell. Walter Tevis also wrote The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was made into the movie starring David Bowie.
  9. Unpopular Opinions

    Sure, but to be clear, I was only talking about the Civil Rights movement as it pertained to African-Americans. I enjoyed the original post by Sweet Summer Child and was reading it over for the second or third time, when the line struck me as an echo of the “now is not the right time” mantra of people who are afraid of social progress. It foreshadows the moment later in the season when Betty said similar words to Carla. I have no opinion about the line reading.
  10. Unpopular Opinions

    In an episode which takes place in 1963 and makes several references to the Civil Rights movement, "What if it's my time" was probably meant by the writers to make her sound particularly whiny and self-centered.
  11. TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Random Harvest is one of my all-time favorites.
  12. S02.E01: For Those Who Think Young

    It may have seemed kind of random, that scene in the diner, but it added a couple of brush strokes to Matthew Weiner's portrait of the city. Meditations in an Emergency is a collection of poems by Frank O'Hara, a leading light of the New York School of poets and artists. His conversational poems made frequent casual references to NYC places and people, including his extensive group of friends, like Amiri Baraka, Grace Hartigan, Larry Rivers, and the Abstract Expressionist painters collected by Bert Cooper. O'Hara was an openly gay man, originally from Baltimore, like Sal Romano. Like Don Draper, and Marilyn Monroe, he was born in 1926, and like Dick Whitman, was conceived out of wedlock. Don reads the closing stanzas of the poem Mayakovsky. Vladimir Mayakovsky was a Russian poet, known for multiple affairs with married women. He killed himself in 1930, at the age of 36, the same age Draper was in this episode. Edited to add a picture of Mayakovsky: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Mayakovsky#/media/File:Mayakovsky_1915.jpg Frank O'Hara's most famous collection was Lunch Poems, which came out in 1964. He died two years later, run over by a dune buggy on Fire Island.
  13. S04.E02: Christmas Comes But Once a Year

    Your reasoning is sound and very nicely argued but you're only talking about season four interactions. I'm looking back over the previous three seasons. Even as good of a secretary as she was in S3 he rarely graced her with a kind word or allowed the least familiarity, as I recall. And I remember the first time they spoke was when she mentioned his appearance in the trade journal, the ill-fated picture that brought Adam back into his life. Allison represented Bad News for Don Draper.
  14. S04.E13: A Dark Knight: A Beautiful Darkness

    I agree about Peyton List, and it's too bad because I really like the story line.
  15. All Episodes Talk: The Big Picture

    Well, the whole situation was a demeaning job, except that I would call it a position, and I'm not sure how demeaning it was. Better yet, I would call the marriage a business partnership, one in which Don ultimately felt Megan deserved her share of the profits in addition to the many benefits she had already received.