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I am on the 4th disc of the 2nd season of Mad Men.    I don’t know if there are anymore discs for the 2nd season.  This one has 4 episodes.  I watched the 1st episode then didn’t go back to it all week.  I had no desire to.  Then, last night, I watched the 2nd episode and coudn’t stop until I’d seen all 4.  I was hooked again.  I just don’t understand some of the behavior of the people on there. 

The story line has been good, but the dialogue is still average.  There was a really traumatic incident involving poor Joan Holloway.  Makes one feel really bad for her for the first time.   She is one of the best developed characters on the show. 

Today I received the film Little VoiceI plan to watch it over the weekend.  I also plan to watch some of the  “watch instantly” films in my queue on Netflix. 

Oh, I joined a DVD club, Ironweed Films.  They deliver a socially progressive film with some shorts on the same  issue each month.  I’m very excited!!  Oh, if you check it out and decide to join, please do it through my website.  I haven’t set it up yet, but it’s such a great cause and interesting as well, that I decided to put a link on my blog which will enable me to get a little $$ if someone subscribes via my website.  Just haven’t set it up yet.

And, I’m going to see Souvenir next week.  An old high school friend who I’ve become re-acquainted with on FB and Twitter asked me if I wanted to go.  It’s showing at a dinner theatre in Hanover.  

Lots of fun stuff, and Sunday is my 11th wedding anniversary.

Musings…

2009/10/06

“Philanthropy is the gateway to power.”  That’s what Bert Cooper says.  There is a sociological context to Mad Men which is interesting.  I’ll certainly be writing about something other than this show after I’m done with season 2!  I’m on disc 2, the 3rd show now.  It isn’t exactly uplifting, or even that thought provoking.  I love Ken Cosgrove’s character.  He’s beguiling, and I love the way he is so unaware of how powerfully creative he is.

I’m soooo excited about my writing class.  I’m already doing some of these things, but to have guided, all in one place.  Expanding…

I’m plowing through Prince of Tides (the novel).  It’s leading up to the Big Trauma, which will be sad.  The book is far superior to the film.  I can’t believe the film won awards.  As I told my friend, Donna, one of the most unappealing things about the film was the absolute dearth of chemistry between Nick Nolte & Barbara Streisand.  Just thinking of it makes me squirm. 

Okay, getting back to this last episode so I can return it tomorrow.  Really trying to get through it quickly.

Even though the characters are shallow, the writing & cinematography are average, the styles are so damn lovely.  The beginning always has that catchy,  Hitchcockian bit, too, which fools you into thinking you are going to watch something with depth.  It’s actually quite a soap opera.

Did anyone see Revolutionary Road with Kate Winslett & Leo Di Caprio?  I loved that.  I saw it before I saw Mad Men, and I think I was expecting more depth from the characters because of characters in Revolutionary Road.  I didn’t realize it was based on a book until I read it somewhere today or yesterday.  Now I want to read the book.

I think one of the most interesting characters on Mad Men is Bertram Cooper, the older partner.  He doesn’t get nearly enough air time.  He’s the one who made me think of Ayn Rand, because he is an obvious devotee.  He recommends Atlas Shrugged to some of his employees.  Albeit, advised Don Draper to buy a copy, but gave that snake Peter Campbell a copy.  I wonder if anyone noticed that.  He had this great remark in one of the the 1st season episodes to Don Draper about passion or art or creativity, then this smart ending about how all they really want is to benefit themselves.  Ergo, devotee of Ayn Rand.  He keeps his office in this very Zen-like manner, and has interesting personal habits.  I wonder if the Mad Men creators/writers use this Ayn Rand connection and Frank O’Hara’s Meditations in an Emergency to make the show seem smart, since, in my opinion the writing isn’t particularly smart.  And, once again, the lack of character development.  I’m still going to watch it to see what happens, since it’s really kind of like a soap opera or ‘story’ as my Mama used to say.

I did want to give a shout-out to Ms. Randi Davis, who, until tonight, I didn’t know had a website.  She is quite a renaissance woman.  She was a chemical engineer, and now has a career as an artist.  She was always an artist, but later in life made it her career.  I had the pleasure of meeting this lively woman last weekend.  She is one of the people who inspired me to start this blog.  http://www.randijanedavis.com/ .  Her artwork is soft, kind of ethereal at times, and appears to evolve constantly, from what I have seen, which isn’t enough.  Oh, to have a brilliant, scientific mind and an artistic mind.

I wonder who in history might also have had a mind with this wonderful combination of science and art.  I would argue that science is an art.  I don’t know why I think that.  It just comes to mind when I think of people like Einstein, Galilleo, Margaret Mead & Freud.  And whiz-bang woman Randi Davis!