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February 4, 2011

the sweet smell of mad men

by Sara Gran

So I couldn’t stop thinking about Larry Tate‘s cameo in The Sweet Smell of Success and how it takes him out of Bewitched territory and more into the world of Mad Men. And then I started thinking that maybe Bewitched and Mad Men were the same show after all, with Don’s wife, Betty, like a frustrated Samantha. Remember all those five-martini lunches Darren and Don Draper would sit through? And they’d come home late and dinner would be cold and burned? Remember when Larry Tate and Roger Sterling were competing for the Pall Mall account? And Mr. & Mrs. Tate went over to the Draper’s for dinner and Larry made a pass at Betty in the kitchen? And the  there was the episode where Don and Darren drove out to Palm Springs, but then Dr. Bombay showed up and embarrassed Darren (Don sure knew what to do with him, though!)? And when Samantha and Betty got in that fight because Betty slapped Tabitha?  Those were the days…

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February 4, 2011

twine thy strength about me!

by Megan Abbott

After reading Wednesday’s interview with Theresa Starkey, Theresa’s husband, writer extraordinaire Jack Pendarvis, informed me that he had given Theresa a very special gift upon completion of her Ph.D.

As he tells it,

Here is a “detail” from the only piece of art I have ever “commissioned.” It is by Jon Langford of Mekons fame. As you can see, it shows Lillian Gish as Hester Prynne. It celebrates Theresa getting her Ph.D. I wish I could claim I picked the passage from THE SCARLET LETTER quoted on it, but the very literary Mr. Langford did that on his own, without prompting of any kind. It’s Dimmesdale to Hester in the climactic scene: “Come hither now, and twine thy strength about me! … Come, Hester, come! Support me up yonder scaffold!”

Coolest present ever? You be the judge.