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that Randian hero of culture criticism, Jim Wolcott

He might take umbrage at this.

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But that's how I see him. A Galtian giant carrying parasites like me on his broad shoulders across the trackless wastes of the blogosphere!


It's clear that the interview with Robert Morse is part of a longer interview with the Mad Men cast. I searched the Paley Center for Media site and can't find anything.

Can you provide a link?


Brilliant piece, Lance. I had to keep stopping to digest what you were laying out, as it was triggering all kinds of intriguing thoughts to chase around. (Alas, as soon as I got close to them, they tended to poof away, so I can't share them.)

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The Paley actually did two panel discussions with the Mad Men cast and crew. Follow this link to the YouTube page with this video and over on the right you'll see links to clips from both panels.


Casting J. Pierpont Finch as Bert Cooper - great casting or greatest casting?


Interesting and thought provoking analysis of Mad Men. Thanks for making it seem more than just a compelling entertainment and a "thank god we're not there now" reworking of the sixties. Though I'm not so sure our current scene is less scary.

Tim O.

I once saw Robert Morse do Truman Capote on stage. Now, put Tru in the Mad Av office and think about the opportunity for the Ayn Rand on your television to explode. As the Pythons would say, intercourse the tv!

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