This one from the Chicago Tribune:

As Weiner learned from Chase and demonstrates so beautifully on “Mad Men,” what makes us sit up and take notice are those moments when preconceptions are subverted with compelling plot twists or digressions that delve into unexpected emotional territory.

“I don’t fight for your attention,” Weiner says. “What I’m trying to do when I draw [viewers] in is say, put your checkbook down, turn off the phone, watch it on TiVo when you know the kids won’t be around. And really let yourself go into this world, but take it seriously.”

Actually, it’s not just an interview. Author Maureen Ryan is thoughtful about the show:

Hamm has brought an indescribable charisma to an ambiguous, complicated role.

We learn that this inscrutable ad executive had purposefully left behind everyone he’d ever known in his youth and had even given up his real name — and it is that heartbreaking personal history that has made him an advertising genius. Draper understands the longing for a past that never was, and he is deeply familiar with unquenchable desire (which fuels his frequent infidelity).

As he well knows, advertising is the business of catering to — and creating — desire, and he has few equals in that department.

And here’s a question many have been asking, and one ripe for discussion:

As for the second season, Weiner says he hasn’t decided yet what year it will be set in.

“We will come in at a place where there is more story to tell,” he says. The show, which ends its first season just after the election of John F. Kennedy, won’t start up again “where we left off, that’s for sure.”

It’s really long. Read the whole thing.

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