It’s not often that my blog strays from art and writing, but tonight I’ll make an exception… for — gasp! — TV. The new season of Mad Men begins tonight on AMC, and I’ll be in front of my TV at 10:00 sharp to see what new surprises are in store. Not that I’ve had a long time to wait between season one and season two… I just started watching the show last weekend, and soaked in all 13 episodes over the course of 6 retro-rific nights. Wow! What a cool show! In my opinion, it’s the best thing going on TV, and gets my wildly enthusiastic endorsement.
Apart from the immediate appeal of sharp writing, crisp acting, and expert direction (note how many episodes from the first season were directed by alums of Twin Peaks) part of the appeal, for me, is the feeling that I’m watching one of my photographs come to life. Everything about the art direction, set design, costumes, dialog, and character development feels like it has been taken directly from the same late 50’s, early 60’s vinyl LP record covers I often use as backdrop for my still life narratives.
If you’ve yet to catch Mad Men for yourself, what are you waiting for? Start watching tonight on AMC — and rewind the clock to season one through the magic of video on-demand.
Back to the usual art stuff soon…