holding us back.

I don’t watch a lot of television. In fact, most of my television consumption these days is completely over the internet.  However, I have five shows that I’ve deemed essential: House, Community, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Mad Men. Private Practice is a residual holdover because…

Quote of the…

Day? Maybe of the week. A friend passed along a recent interview with The Wire creator, David Simon. It’s one thing to recognize capitalism for the powerful economic tool it is and to acknowledge that, for better or for worse, we’re stuck with it and,…

Zombie

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I can’t seem to get away from them either.

The Daily Beast recently unpacked what appears to be a trending topic in our cultural lexicon.

So what is it about zombies? Arguably, they are the perfect interchangeable metaphor for everything from Nazis, to consumerism, to the loss of individuality, to the collapse of civilization, to the impending doom of swine flu, and most recently representing mindless bankers, stumbling around and feeding on whatever fetid bad debt they can, however unsavory it later turns out to be.

Unlike other more glamorous monsters that always come across as a little too cool and a little too chiselled, the zombie is the reassuringly accessible underdog—often vulnerable, powerless and alone, but also blissfully unaware. Theirs is a condition that is far closer to that of the human being than we would like to admit, and it is perhaps for this reason that zombies will always have resonance in times of social and economic upheaval: We start losing our jobs and homes, and before long we’re all completely lost, left to shamble around mindlessly until someone takes pity on us and shoots us in the head.

So this isn’t just coincidence. >>>continue

never dreamed you leave in summer…

I don’t think we could have ever anticipated that the Summer of 2009 would be marked by the passing of giants and innocents. Neda Agah-Soltan Farrah Fawcet Ed McMahon Michael Jackson Walter Cronkite Shem Walker John Hughes Eunice Shriver Ted Kennedy Patrick Swayze A generational…

A Beautiful Mine

Mad Men Season 3 Premiere is a short but distant two and half weeks away. AMC’s website has an awesome interactive program that for a fan like me, was irresistible. The cultural history is layered. It’s doubtful you’d see someone like me, even in my…

Canonization

We danced hard. We watched him. We studied those moves. We studied those moves like our lives depended on it. We succeeded and failed. I had no rhythm in 1982. Eight year old me struggled to copy those moves. In third grade at Golda Meir…

Fifty Nifty, United States…

Do you know that song? Composed by none other than Ray Charles. The other Ray Charles. It goes like this: “Fifty, Nifty, United States from Thirteen Original Colonies…” Imagine singing it to the key of C. Or something. Anyway, a new project has been launched….

Homer gets in your eyes…

I’m not sure if or when Mad Men will return. The parallel between Don Draper and Matt Wiener was certainly not lost on any of us. However, in my time of need, I turn to youtube for answers: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcmM7Jh2Y3k&hl=en&fs=1] I love this so much.