Nothing and Everything – Reflections on the Unsynopsizable Beauty of Mad Men

In four days Season 6 of AMC’s Mad Men will be released on Netflix Instant. Fifteen days after that, Season 7 will begin airing. My wife and I have just consumed the show’s first 5 seasons at a relentless, insatiable clip over the past three months, so we decided to use the opportunity to take a short break, rather than buying each episode on Amazon. … Continue reading Nothing and Everything – Reflections on the Unsynopsizable Beauty of Mad Men

SHORT: PREFACE TO THE FURTHER WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

The Further Works of William Shakespeare Preface by Oliver Pollen A nasty debate has raged on for decades in essentially every liberal arts department across the globe. It goes like this: Who, out of history’s most noteworthy deceased authors, would be most entertaining on an intimate lunch date? The haughty vitriol typically associated with these arguments has always reminded me of a truism that is … Continue reading SHORT: PREFACE TO THE FURTHER WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

REVIEW: KILL SHAKESPEARE

An Origin story: When I was a little kid, maybe six years old, my dad’s brother and his family moved in with us temporarily. All told it was only a period of about nine months, but my memory has stretched this visit out into something far more mythic. Along with close quarters bonding time with my extended family, something else important happened during that period – … Continue reading REVIEW: KILL SHAKESPEARE

KILL SHAKESPEARE PRE-GAME: THE COMIC

My Pre-Gaming for Gideon Productions’ staging of Kill Shakespeare continues with this post about the IDW comic. The  comic Kill Shakespeare attempts to do for the iconic Shakespearean characters what the Avengers and Justice League comics have always done for the iconic super hero characters: establish a shared continuity and execute a massive team-up. I should say upfront that I feel it’s an attempt that … Continue reading KILL SHAKESPEARE PRE-GAME: THE COMIC