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Month: April 2014

Sensing Climate Change

In an important piece first published in The Nation and then in The Guardian, Naomi Klein offers powerful reasons for the suicidal apathy with which our world awaits the catastrophic effects of climate change.  Her entire essay – and, no doubt, her forthcoming book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate – is well worth a close read…. Read More ›

Mad Men Reloaded: Don, Pete, and California

Good Vibrations?   someone’s not ready for 1969 The “Mad Men” industrial complex—of which I’ve been a card-carrying member for the full seven years of the series—has made us all into neurotic little freaks, working over the show like a Saturday Times crossword. There are essays about how the series is overrated; there are other essays… Read More ›

Joan and Peggy in the New Episode of Mad Men

The Post-Draper World?  Joan and Peggy in Mad Men, Season 7, “Time Zones”       Warning: Spoiler Alert for Episode 1 of Season 7   The long wait is over, and the days of obsessive commentary about new episodes of AMC’s Mad Men have returned at last. In a post last Friday, I argued… Read More ›

Banksy Takes on British Eavesdropping

The Guardian reports that the graffiti celebrity artist Banksy has been at it again, this time at the expense of the British counterpart to America’s NSA, the super-secret GCHQ, which, too, is deeply implicated in the surveillance state disclosures of Edward Snowden.  Notice the artistic emphasis on listening as the essential sensory perception in espionage, a… Read More ›

Mad Men’s New Season and Feminism

“You’ve come a long way”:  Feminism and Season 7 of Mad Men      Have you heard the good news?  The acclaimed TV drama about advertising in the Sixties, Mad Men,returns Sunday, April 13 for Season 7, a fact AMC has energetically broadcast through a flurry of photos and, well, advertisements.   As usual, much… Read More ›


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