Posts for September 2010
With “Project Runway” and “Mad Men” winding down, I’m thinking about recapping “Glee” every week. What do you think? I don’t work with any hardcore “Glee” fans (that I know of …) and I’m looking for people I can Gleek with the day after.
About last night:
I was worried for about the first 15 minutes.
Last season was pretty much ruined by stunts — guest stars, strange themes, episodes that didn’t advance the story … So it made me nervous when Brittany, the practically-out-of-the-closet cheerleader, slipped into a dental haze and began a faithful rendition of “I’m a Slave 4 U.”Read more »
October is the best month of the year.
There’s no denying or debating or even discussing it.
If it weren’t for October, there’d be no reason to stick out Nebraska summers, year after terrible year. Everyone with any sense would have moved closer to the Arctic Circle a long time ago, if October weren’t sitting there for us, shiny and cool, at the end of every September.
In fact, there is so much to love about October, and so many awesome October things to do, that you could spend all of November and December just thinking about how you let it go to waste.
How many Octobers are you going to get in this life? Seventy? Eighty? If you’re lucky.
You’ve got to wring every ounce of wonderful out of October while it’s right in front of you. You’ve got to gulp it down while it’s still a little too hot. You’ve got to make a plan and stick to it like a whole bag of Kraft caramels.
You can use my plan if you want. Thirty-one ways to maximize all 31 days. I didn’t write it in here, but you should assume that every day starts with a deep sigh.Read more »
This week on “Mad Men,” everybody has a secret, a cute dress and a panic attack. Desperation is the mood of the day … there’s even more bereft staring into space than usual. In other words, another excellent episode.Read more »
Anne Trumble is trying to explain where the old Far-Mar-Co grain elevators are.
Sure, I tell her, I’ve seen them . . . I think.
There are more than 60 buildings, Anne says, huge, gray buildings, 110 feet high, sitting right next to the Interstate.
Not right next to the Interstate, I say.
Yes, she says, you can practically touch them.
The silos are the epitome of visual white noise — there so long, dead so long that unless you’re a neighbor or agricultural architecture fan, you probably look right past them.
Well. There’s no looking past them now.
When huge, colorful banners were hung from the buildings this week, the grain elevators seemed to shift in scale and perspective. Bigger, closer, more present on the skyline.
They’re so visually arresting that Anne, the landscape architect who’s overseeing the project, is even a little worried that people might look instead of drive.
On the other hand, think about all those eyes . . .Read more »
This week on “Project Runway,” the designers were asked to take their inspiration from eyeshadow.
I know you’ve got bills to pay, “Project Runway,” but remember when you used to ask the designers to take their inspiration from the Metropolitan Museum of Art? And the streets of New York City?
Yeah … that was better.Read more »
This season, Tim Gunn has been posting video blogs on his Facebook page. (Did you ever listen to his podcasts? They were better than watching the show.)
The video blog he posted last week was such a rant that he took it down. You can watch it on the Entertainment Weekly Web site.
It’s 12 minutes long and AWESOME.Read more »
It’s hard to believe that “Glee” is only starting its second season this week.
Most shows take years to break my heart like this.
When you fall in love with a TV show, you know it’s not going to last forever.
Eventually, the writers change or lose focus, or just get bored. Characters start acting out of character. Somebody has a baby. Rob Lowe quits. And it’s over.Read more »
My column today is about how “Glee” went wrong this spring. Here are the changes I’d make this season if I were in charge of the show. (I’d makes these changes and then I’d quit because I’m completely unqualified to be in charge of a network TV show.)Read more »
The season premiere of “Glee” kicked off last night with a big slushy in the face to all the haters.
Especially the Internet haters. Anonymous trolls and bloggers. The “Glee” characters were complaining about comments on student blogs, but it was obviously a message to people who have been hating on the show ….
As someone who’s spent the last few months hating on “Glee,” my response to this is, “Shut up and get good again.”
Which is exactly what “Glee” did.Read more »
This week’s “Mad Men” wasn’t excessively themey, but it did bump into a lot of female issues. Peggy was all, “I am woman,” and Sally was, “Hear me roar.” Joan got a pedicure, Dr. Faye crammed in a moment of career girl/motherhood angst, and Miss Blankenship absurded herself half to death. All this, plus lesbian hijinks!Read more »