Monthly Archives: October 2010

Mad Men Blog #4: Betty Draper…


And then there’s Betty, Don’s beautiful wife. She’s the consummately successful 1950’s woman. She’s married well—or so she thinks. She lives in a “perfect” house and has “perfect” children. Everything, she thinks, must be perfect and, of course, is perfect. … Continue reading

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Mad Men Blog #3: Peggy Olsen, the New Woman…


Do you remember that scene in which Peggy told Peter she had given their baby up for adoption? Of course, Peter couldn’t fathom her doing that. She told him—I wanted other things. In other words, she wanted a career of … Continue reading

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Is Mad Men Really About the Women?


Just think how many women are main characters in the show. There’s Peggy, Joan and  Betty. Of course there are lots of others but these three really stake out the feminine mystique in the early 1960’s. First, there is Joan—that … Continue reading

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Why is Mad Men So Great?


So sad to see the end of Season 4 of Mad Men! I haven’t been so devoted to a show since Six Feet Under and that’s a few years back. As with all good writing, everything begins and ends with … Continue reading

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Seeing the Rhine after the Book Fair


As a tourist, with limited time, I signed up for a tour bus trip. The choice was between a City Tour of Frankfurt lasting two hours or a boat trip along the Rhine River. As I had already seen some … Continue reading

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The Indie Author at StoryDrive


On the second day, the contrast between two of the sessions at StoryDrive was vivid.  First session—a platform discussion with a representative of a traditional publishing house and  a literary agent. The topic was what benefits do publishing houses and … Continue reading

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StoryDrive: Where Content Knows No Limits


The end or the beginning: Pros and Cons on Copyright Yesterday, at StoryDrive, I was treated to a true piece of theatre. It was produced, I think, to have the maximum impact upon an industry having difficulty in coping with … Continue reading

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