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February 11th, 2009

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08:48 pm - Even in the heart where the filth is pumped
Last night the BBC finally showed the first episode of season 2 of Mad Men. It is such a good show. I watch these few programs there are nowadays and I am awed by them. Though all that happened in this episode is that everyone looked incredibly cool and realised they were becoming older.

Don Draper bought Frank O'Hara's Meditations in an Emergency. Here is the title poem.

St. Serapion, I wrap myself in the robes of your whiteness
which is like midnight in Dostoevsky. How I am to become a
legend, my dear? I've tried love, but that holds you in the
bosom of another and I'm always springing forth from it like
the lotus--the ecstasy of always bursting forth! (but one must
not be distracted by it!) or like a hyacinth, "to keep the
filth of life away," yes, even in the heart, where the filth is
pumped in and slanders and pollutes and determines. I will my
will, though I may become famous for a mysterious vacancy in
that department, that greenhouse.

What Mad men is really about (I think) is the mystery of creativity. Don treats Peggy (the only female ad executive, very young, and not a beauty) as an equal - he disagrees with her, encourages her, is interested in talking to her. Why? because she is creative.

At the end of the previous series Don and one of his minions were discussing the cave paintings at Lascaux - the imprint of the painters' hands, pressed into the wall of the cave, as if they were trying to get through.

And what I think is that even trapped in capitalism, creativity pushes against the stone wall.

Peggy says to Don, with youthful cynicism 'Sex sells'.
No, says Don, what sells is the feeling you have inside you.

ETA Here is Don reading Mayakovski, another O'Hara poem. (youtube)

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Date:February 11th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Peggy (the only female ad executive...)

Oh, damn. I've just started with season 1, episode 1, and Peggy is just a secretary, now I'm spoiled! For it really is excellent, even after just 1 episode. I'm going to try and catch up so I can watch season 2 as it airs.
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Date:February 11th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Shit, sorry - I never thought anyone wouldn't have seen the first season yet. I'll cut the whole thing, though that's no use for you.

if it's any consolation that's far from the whole of Peggy's story that season
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Date:February 11th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't worry - it's sort of nice to know that she's not going to stay a secretary. She seems from the evidence of episode 1, to be planning to sleep her way up the ladder!
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Date:February 12th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Catch up fast - I find it very difficult to avoid spoilers while taking an interest in this, and the second season's already over in the US so I'm having to be very careful!
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Date:February 13th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm rushing to catch up!

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