Tuesday, July 15, 2008

RWA Nationals

I keep forgetting to mention this here, but Red Sage is going to be hosting a little coffee reception from 4 until 5 p.m. on Thursday at RWA nationals in San Francisco. Room Pacific F. This is an open reception, and anyone is welcome to attend. Please stop by and say hello if you're going to be at the conference or in San Francisco. In addition to a free cup of joe, we're going to be giving away some other little goodies like signed books and the opportunity for a drinks meeting with yours truly. But mostly, it's just an informal mixer, where everyone will have a chance to meet and greet. And I hope to see some of you there.

Also, on an unrelated note, how many of you are watching the AMC series Mad Men? It's an extraordinary example of an antihero in action, and I thought we might want to pick it apart a little bit here on this blog. This is probably only a useful exercise, though, if people have seen the series. They're currently rerunning season one on on-demand, and I think you can watch episodes on AMC's website. And maybe on iTunes. In any event, if you want to go down this path with me, say so in the comments and we'll do it together. The way they build the character of Don Draper is so fascinating and so meticulously crafted that I think it would be a worthwhile study.



Edittorrent said...

When he sent his brother away, it was a great example of a very emotional moment handled delicately.

Edittorrent said...

Oh, and that really emphasized the need to hide emotion away, to do it in secret. The wife is clearly suffering from grief about her mother's death, and yet she can only talk about it with strangers, really, like the woman in the ladies' room. Even with her therapist, she doesn't feel "allowed" to talk about it. And his and Don Draper's "cure" is to give her pills.

Anonymous said...

Don't know this series as it hasn't appeared here yet [may not ever - we only have 3 commercial channels, 1 public, 1 multicultural; more coming as digital evolves]. But, on the topic of anti-heroes - Does Dexter count? We just had episode 2 of that on Sunday. I can't help but 'love' him at some level - 1st person narrator maybe, a la Burn Notice? - and can't STAND the bitch female lieutenant who keeps flirting with him. It's intriguing to have a serial killer working for the 'good side'!

Genella deGrey said...

I'll be at Nationals - See you on the 31st!