Contains a small spoiler for the latest episode of Mad Men.
It’s been raining the last few days in Austin. My writing production has been slow. Ideas can only be dispersed if you are busy collecting them. Prepare to be inspired as David Milch says. Last night I had one of those rare nights where you watch TV all night and everything is inspiring. I watched The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, Werner Herzog’s batshit insane My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, and the latest episode of Mad Men. I have been slowly picking my way through the book version of Under the Skin and James Joyce’s Dubliners. Musically I have surprised even myself by becoming obsessed with Kanye West, especially his new album Yeezus.
Although I’m not far along enough in Dubliners to comment upon it, many of these works deal with the idea that the modern world creates the wrong kind of dreams in one way or another. We are searching for a connection all while being told by the dominant society to crave material things that bring us no lasting happiness. The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology dealt directly with these themes. Mad Men and the work of Kanye West both explicitly deal, in different ways, with the world of the material, but also both show its shortcomings. The Herzog movie dealt with a character who searches constantly for something to cling to only to finally be driven to complete insanity.
If you are a fan of Mad Men than this review of this week’s episode over at Salon is really good: http://www.salon.com/2014/05/26/mad_men_finale_recap_the_moon_belongs_to_everyone/
I’ll leave you with lyrics from Mad Men’s Bert Cooper’s strangely delivered farewell song. On one hand they can be seen as too sentimental. However, in the overreaching story of the show they seemed powerful to me:
“The moon belongs to everyone.
The best things in life are free.
The stars belong to everyone.
They gleam there for you and me.
The flowers in spring, the robins that sing.
The sunbeams that shine, they’re yours they’re mine.
And love can come to everyone. The best things in life are free.”