Monthly Archive: January, 2010

I Don’t Care What The Critics Say, I Love Mad Men (and the Sopranos and the Hills)

(x-posted to The Valve) I’ve just finished Scott Kaufman’s very enjoyable post, “Don Draper as an unraptured Emma Bovary,” and feel moved to respond. Scott observes, quite insightfully, that the difference between Don… Continue reading

Mary Karr: Writing in the Absence of Truth

I’ve just finished Mary Karr’s new memoir, Lit, about her young adulthood. I read it for a lot of reasons: it was one of the NY Times’s best books of the year, it… Continue reading

Avatar: The Film That’s Good For Somebody Else

(x-posted to The Valve) A lot has already been written, at the speed of the Internet, about Avatar, and much of it has been great. I was very impressed by Aaron Bady and… Continue reading