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Seems that much of life involves control of negative emotions, while at the same time having the judgement to know when and how to resist darkness. Focused negatives towards another turning to focused negatives towards a group, and then to … Continue reading

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O’Hara and Mad Men

Wrote about Frank O’Hara and Mad Men. Producer Matthew Weiner also putting out audio book of O’Hara poetry, one year after Mad Men ended: Maybe needs that Jon Hamm as Don Draper voice: Weeks before O’Hara’s untimely death, in 1966, … Continue reading

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Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, in Mad Men, reciting part of Frank O’Hara’s “Mayakovsky“, from Meditations in an Emergency (1957): and interesting, and modern.

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Maybe it was the name…

Cashmere Mafia. Picked up the sole season set in a DVD discount bin. More like a half season. Seven episodes, running for two months–January and February, 2008, and then cancelled. Series about four women in senior business roles, whose collective … Continue reading

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No sacred

Line from House of Cards. Where Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood, as the Vice-President, meets clandestinely with a Chinese businessman at the spot where Underwood’s ancestor was killed, fighting for the Confederate cause. Contempt in disagreement: There is no sacred ground … Continue reading

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House of Cards Theme

Found the intro music to House of Cards to be quite effective: Found little in terms of background explanation (no need for “Extras”, in a Netflix presentation), other than composer Jeff Beal on Jeff Beal, which may be understandable: Though … Continue reading

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Maggie Siff

Don’t know much about her beyond Mad Men. All this cool self-confidence in the character: Friend quoting from some song, “Don’t gimme no bullsh-t baby, don’t gimme no jive.” Seems to fit the character here: Turns out she is in … Continue reading

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