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Male Antiheroes And Love For Bewitched

I was prepared to strongly disagree with Tom Carson’s take on the role of the middle-aged white guy antihero phenomenon of prestige TV. And I do think he overstates his case, wildly underestimating how much criticism of their protagonists is built into these shows. Both Don Draper and Walter White…

New York revels in the return of Mad Men

After 17 months, the gripping TV drama is back – and New York is celebrating with themed parties and special viewings Jace Lacob is one of a rare breed of people in the US. He is the television critic at the Daily Beast and therefore has already seen the two-hour…

No room for Don Draper in the age of digital advertising?

In post-recession America the role of traditional ad executives on Madison Avenue may soon be a thing of the past The iconic image of Don Draper in a sleek suit, martini in one hand, ad campaign in the other, will return to TV screens around the world when the fifth…

Mad Men Not-Tuesday: “Because WTF” Edition

Spoilers. I guess for the finale, I’m back to doing this “Mad Men” review on a Monday, because, well, I’ve got a lot to say about that. I was wrong that they wouldn’t mention Disneyland, but right that it wasn’t all that important in terms of SCDP’s business. But the…

Mad Men blogging: You can go sleep at home tonight if you can get up and walk away

Spoilers. Since the end of the second season, I’ve increasingly wondered what Don thinks is so scary about telling Betty the truth about his past. It was a really good example of how our fears outstrip the reality. The truth, if spelled out, isn’t so bad, or at least the…

Mad Men blogging: Dick in a box

Back in Austin, Pandagonians, and so regular blogging will commence. Which means I’m finally able to get around to “Mad Men” blogging, since I finally saw it last night. This edition’s title was suggested by Marc. As usual, spoilers. Early on in the show, Don and Suzanne are laying in…

Mad Men extravaganza!

I’ve got an article up this week at The American Prospect about “Mad Men”, where I look beyond just the usual talk about the daring approach the show has to gender issues, etc. and I talk about how the writers have a unique—and accurate—view of the 60s. That Don Draper…

Women who love fictional jerks

And for a little non-election reading, an interesting post on why the character Don Draper on “Mad Men” is attractive to women who should have more self-respect than to find such a cheating SOB sexy. (Via.) It all started with this article that used self-described feminists swooning over Draper to…

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