Aug 16, 2010

gawker v. the awl

Brian Moylan at Gawker goes all psychoanalytic on last night's Mad Men:  "We know exactly what Don is going to do because he keeps making the same mistakes over and over again. In his mind he can break free, but we're going to have to see if his behavior matches up to the perception he has of himself."

Meanwhile, Choire Sicha at The Awl goes all art historian on the mid-60s, (ab)using Dan Graham's mirror pieces to push last night's metaphor to the breaking point. "And still later, [Graham]'d turn to the two-way mirror, just as our callow, lady-baiting shrink focus-grouper on 'Mad Men' does. 'Two-way mirror used in office buildings is always totally reflective on the exterior, reflecting the sunlight and transparent for workers inside. Surveillance power is given to the corporate tower,' wrote Graham."

Ah, Mad Men: the rorschach test of the New York media blogger crew.