The creator of the acclaimed AMC series talks about his protagonist Don Draper as an aging existentialist looking for meaning in a chaotic world. He says the show’s sixth season, set in 1968, is situated in that historical moment for a reason: to reflect a traumatic passage in Don’s life.
For the last three decades many Americans have puzzled over a system that gives an R to a movie in which a women is carved up by a chainsaw and an NC-17 to one that shows a woman sexually pleasured. From such ratings one might conclude that sexual violence against women is OK for American teenagers to see, but that they must be 18 to see consensual sex. What message does this send to the kids the MPAA presumably means to protect?
People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave
Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
But unless we are creators, we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint or clay or words. Creativity is a way of life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts.