Out of My Mind
- May 01
- You can email me at "nengoron@gmaildotcom" &
follow @NelleEngoron on Twitter.
My archived radio shows on last season's Mad Men are available (for free!) at: www.blogtalkradio.com/madmentalk
**My "Mad Men" commentary for Season 5 is on Salon rather than here -- go to http://www.salon.com/writer/
nelle_engoron/ to find all my Salon articles.
**My book, "Mad Men Unmasked: Decoding Season 4," is available on Amazon in both e-book and print versions.**
I'm a writer/editor/consultant who lives in the SF Bay Area. I write about all kinds of things, but am particularly intrigued by movies, relationships, gender issues, belief systems and "Mad Men." (Scroll down left sidebar for links to a selection of my blog posts.) I'm working on a novel and a memoir, neither of which is about Mad Men!
MY RECENT POSTS
- Mad Men Season 7: My
commentary rests (and so do I)
April 13, 2014 04:15PM
- In Care Of: Mad Men Season 6,
Season Finale (Commentary)
June 24, 2013 05:48PM
- The Quality of Mercy: Mad Men
Season 6, Episode 12
June 17, 2013 06:22PM
- Favors: Mad Men Season 6,
Episode 11 (Commentary)
June 10, 2013 06:52PM
- A Tale of Two Cities: Mad Men
Season 6, Episode 10
June 03, 2013 06:12PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “You are all too kind.
Really. Thank you so
April 14, 2014 02:06PM
- “Femme, I also give the
writers but especially the
credit for making all
June 25, 2013 02:39PM
- “Thanks, Gabby. Yes, Don
clearly knows that Lou is
brought in for an
June 24, 2013 07:09PM
- “Zanelle, it's hard to
believe Don can keep drinking
as he has
been. It reminds
June 18, 2013 02:09PM
- “Zanelle, I knew someone
who saw their parents making
thought they were
June 11, 2013 11:53AM
Nelle Engoron's Links
- My radio show
- My articles on other sites
- Movies, movies, movies
- Mad Men writing on OS
- A sampling of other blog posts
- My book
I wanted to post a short note to let folks know that I'm not planning on writing commentary about this year's Mad Men episodes, which begin airing tonight. I also won't be doing my call-in show, "Mad Men Talk," on Blog Talk Radio this year.
After writing about the show since… Read full post »
The Season 6 finale of Mad Men, “In Care Of,” tied up a number of plot threads more neatly than this show’s finales tend to: Peggy and Ted consummate their love only… Read full post »
This is the way a generation gap begins: not just with a bang, but also a whimper.
In Mad Men’s latest episode, “Favors,” an exchange of the sexual type of those leads to Don’s downfall as his daughter’s hero, the one who she thinks supports… Read full post »
Last night, Mad Men redressed what some of us have come to see as a growing flaw in the series: trying to depict late 1960s America entirely from the East Coast, when many of the most significant cultural and political changes were occurring in California. After… Read full post »
So, is your relationship butter or margarine? What about your life?
According to Don Draper, one is fresh and the other is indestructible. Don, of course, knows all about being fresh, and he also used to seem indestructible. Like James Bond (to which I’ve often compared him),… Read full post »
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
So begins “The White Album,” Joan Didion’s famous essay conjuring the events and atmosphere of the late 1960s, which she spent living on both the west and east coasts. In L.A., she covers part of the M/… Read full post »
Writing about the premiere episode of last season’s Mad Men, I covered the “reveal” of Don and Megan’s sexual relationship as follows:
The nature of their erotic relationship only becomes clear towards the end of the episode, however, and… Read full post »
You want me to say what?
If Mad Men didn’t jump the shark last night, it at least jumped the Chaough, which coincidentally turns out to be what Peggy longs to do.… Read full post »
Come Monday morning, it will all be a dream. ~ Sylvia
The fires of hell that Don’s descending into this season erupted into full flame in last night’s Mad Men episode, which bears the seemingly oxymoronic title, “The Flood.” Ostensibly a quote from Gi… Read full post »
“Which twin has the Toni?”
So asked a famous and long-running ad campaign for Toni home permanent kits, which promised women that a Toni perm was so good that it would fool people into thinking that you had naturally curly hair.
By the 1960s, this sloga… Read full post »
Is there some damage that human beings just can’t recover from?
Last night’s Mad Men episode, “The Collaborators,” answers that question in such a dark fashion that it leaves us little hope for the series’ main characters. As they continue t/… Read full post »
Heaven’s a little morbid. ~ Don pitching to clients and sinking fast
Heaven is a place, the Talking Heads sang, where nothing ever happens. Hawaii, the closest thing we have to it on earth, is a place where everything happens, but you can’t put the experience into wo/… Read full post »
I'm excited to announce that I'm starting my own live call-in radio program to discuss this season of the TV show "Mad Men," which I started writing about here back in 2008.
My show will air
I left the church once I became an adult. So why does it still matter to me?
In Krakow, images of native son Pope John Paul II are everywhere. Here he looks down on passersby from a second story window.
In recent years,… Read full post »
Thanks to all of you who have sent messages saying you hoped I would be writing commentary about Season 5 of "Mad Men," which premieres tonight. I'm happy to say that I will be, but over at "big" Salon. I actually have a pre-season article up on Salon right now, and my commentaries wil… Read full post »
As the final film (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2) unspools in Muggle theaters, there will be no real surprises for the fans, who know full well how the saga ends from having read the books (to pieces, in many cases). But even… Read full post »
I spent the summer I turned 21 working as a hotel maid, cleaning up other people’s messes. Having started my work life at age 14 in a frozen banana factory before progressing up the chain of summer jobs to bus girl, waitress and fast food shift supervisor, I was… Read full post »
The color nature gave me (at age 20, in the French Alps)
How I look today, unplugged (early AM, no make up), 30+ years later
In Nicole Holofcener’s recent film, Please Give, a middle-aged woman acidly characterizes her grandmother’s… Read full post »
One of the great pleasures of the Harry Potter movies has been watching the extraordinarily deep bench of British acting talent fill literally mesmerizing roles. At this point, so many of the country’s best-known actors and actresses have appeared in both recurring and one… Read full post »
If you watched the World Series, you no doubt saw a commercial from Microsoft touting their soon-to-be-released Windows smart phone. In it, a slick flurry of scenes depict people so engrossed in their smart phones that they spill drinks, trip over or trip up other people, neglect their cl… Read full post »
Will you at least put me out of my misery before you go? ~ Don to Faye
That’s two. ~ Topaz client
It’s good to be a gangsta, and it’s great to be Don Draper. Your company may be… Read full post »
The Return of Persephone by Frederic Leighton
In Greek mythology, Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, who controls the seasons and the fertility of the plants. She has a daughter, Persephone (fathered by Zeus) who as a young woman is abducted by Hades, the god of the underworl… Read full post »
Don: We can’t start over; we just started.
Peggy: You always say if you don’t like what they’re saying about you, change the conversation.
Don: To what? What they’re saying about us is true.
Of course, truth is just a starting… Read full post »
They’re about the meaningful life a woman leads when work is done. ~ Peggy
Ah, but a woman’s work is never done, as the old saying tells us. Sometimes just getting through her life is work. And sometimes work is… Read full post »