As I took a shower, I looked out my window and saw large crows gathering on the rooftop…

…of the apartment building behind me. #HitchcockMoment 

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“I don’t mind living in a man’s world…”

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"…as long as I can be a woman in it."

— Marilyn Monroe

 

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Murder. Suspense. Sex. 
And some handy household tips.

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#MadMen creator Matthew Weiner discusses the latest episode (#9, “The Better Half”)

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I love this illustration for Mad Men. It's the type of illustration you'd find for ads from that mid-60s era.

Notice that Don Draper is both coming and going. I like that the artist has captured his duplicity, his wanderlust, and the fact that there are other Don Drapers out there. 

There are other Don Drapers inside of Don Draper.

I also hate the fact that this is the last season of Mad Men. I'm sure the show's actors realize it's a career high for them, thanks to all the elements that make a show great: the direction, the period detail via set design and costumes, and of course the writing. Writer-Producer Matthew Weiner has created an ensemble of characters who faults and foibles ring true as the catapault through life in an era some of us remember all too nostalgically. Six years ago, as watched the first episode with my son, I remember him commenting, “Wow, the men were really cruel to the women who worked with them.”

Yes, to a great extent, barbaric.

Truly, it set the tone of what was to come.

We love these characters,and we also hate them.

In other words, we feel for them. 

It's why it's great television, and why it's sublime storytelling.

Check out the show's creator, Matthew Weiner, discussing the latest episode (9, “The Better Half”).

— Josie

 


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Art from the Heart: Kelly Reemtsen’s Breaking and Entering

Breaking&Entering I consider artist Kelly Reemtsen the queen of illustrative
juxtaposition. My God, just look at the sexy back on this woman, the
crisp contours of her sun dress, her humongous diamond ring, that tinkling charm bracelet—

And of course, the size of her wire cutters.

She
plans on doing some serious damage.

I imagine that's because
she's suffered some slight herself. What was it? Did her teenager
refuse to get out of his room. Is it time to see what the hubby has
locked up in the tool shed?  Did a neighbor forget to return her silver
tea set?

Whatever the issue, it's payback time.

Even if that
means getting her nice white dress smudged. 

One way or another,
we women always end up doing the dirty work.

In my book, Secret
Lives of Husbands and Wives
, one plot thread has to do with break-ins
that are occurring all over the supposedly secure gated community where
my heroine lives. But let's face it: no place is totally safe and
secure.

Even our hearts can be stolen.

Ms. Reemtsen has a
whole series of these desperate housewives. They are total eye candy:
bonbons of angst in retro couture. Just my kind of art, because it's
straight from the heart.

In fact, she's exhibiting this week
(March 3 – 7, 2010), in New York, at the Armory: Piers 92 and 94, at 12th Avenue and 55th Street, Clinton, to be exact; . Check out the
information here, or below…

Wish I were there,

—Josie

http:twitter.com/JosieBrownCA

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(ISBN: 9781439173176)

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