Yeah I was working on this. Even had a cute title, “the Boys of Sommer”. So now I must rethink and rewrite.

Okay, I’m better now. Here we go.

Rich Sommer (aka Harry Crane) has, as my sister has mentioned, a really cute blog. He posted today on several topics, among them, his excitement to be shooting Season Two, and the nerdfest that is he, Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove) and Bryan Batt (Salvatore).

From ze post:

Also, at work the other day, Bryan schooled Aaron and me at No Thanks!. I exacted my revenge via a rousing game of Loco!. I will make game nerds of them all. And maybe we will play games whose names don’t end in exclamation points.

And uh, btw, you guys know he reads BoK, right? The occasional comment can be found. (So Rich, would it kill you to add us to your blogroll?)

Without even mentioning his birthday, AMC interviews Bryan Batt on their Mad Men blog.

Not surprisingly, he cites “the” scene as his favorite, saying

It shows Salvatore’s smart. He’s not going to let his guard down. It’s just instinctual that he’s protecting himself.

About research, he says

I spoke some friends and acquaintances who actually were art directors in that era about what it was like, how they had to be careful who they were. One was actually married with children and realized later that he was gay. I was lucky in that I was able to meet with people from that time who were important and very similar to Salvatore.

Were I a better planner, I’d have saved my recent Yay-Salvatore post for today.

It doesn’t seem fair… poor thing had to wait a whole extra day this year, what with that pesky 29th in the way. But finally, his birthday is here!

Anyway, if you haven’t already, check out the roles this guy has had over the course of his stunning career.And he was Out Magazine’s Artist of the Year for 2007.

Bryan, please except our birthday kisses. And uh… pretend they came out of a basket.


I miss Salvatore!

He all but disappeared toward the end of the first season. His last great moment was his kiss with Joan in Nixon vs. Kennedy.

I find it amusing that there was ever any guesswork for viewers regarding Sal’s orientation. Ever. But I’ve been around the message boards, and some people were surprised by the ‘reveal’ in Hobo Code. Some people said they had “guessed early on”. Guessed? It was established the moment we met him in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

Salvatore walks into Don’s office while Don is using one of those chest flex thingies (that are also a handy chest hair waxing alternative). Sal leaps right in with Oh, look at you, Gidget. Still trying to fill out that bikini? (more…)

WordPress lets you see what searches brought people to your site, which is interesting, and helps me decide what to write sometimes.

Today someone searched on “Jon Hamm gay.” People! Jon Hamm has been with the same gorgeous girlfriend for nine years. Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfield. (Although really he wants me.) (Or Roberta.) Anyway, here’s a whole page of pictures of the hot happy couple.

Get it together:
Jon Hamm=straight+hot
Bryan Batt=gay+hot

Glad I could help

And why wouldn’t they? You’ve got Salvatore, you’ve got (sigh) Jon Hamm, you’ve got a greek chorus of guys whose girl-watching drool veritably intermingles, and you’ve got Joan, an icon bursting at the seams.

So it makes sense that Mad Men be given its props in an all-gay-year-end-wrap-up entitled Withering Glance, written by Rick Nelson and Claude Peck for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.

Here’s what Rick Nelson had to say about our Joan:

…the divine Joan Hendricks as the secretarial sexpot…steers her apocalytpic bust through the steno pool like Gen. George Patton’s Third Army slicing through the Ardennes.

Claude Peck (best name ever since Roberta Lipp) on Sal:

The gay character (Salvatore, played by Bryan Batt) is closeted, but that’s actually a bit refreshing in the new era of gays exploding all over the small screen.

To me, the brilliance of Sal’s gayness is that there is no one in 2007 who would possibly mistake him for straight, while there is no one in 1960 who would possibly consider that he is gay. Except for other gays. People notice something is off, but no one is identifying it. (Joan certainly picked up on something in Nixon vs. Kennedy.) So to the contemporary viewer, it is shocking to see. He might as well be walking around the office naked. And each time he refers to a woman he finds attractive, you kind of… stare at him. And the camera stays there so we can. stare. And then a a big group Huh?

(And yet, at times in our lives, we have met that guy. Worked with him. He’s all married or dating women and singing show tunes and befriending, well, me. ‘Cause he knows a sistah. And you kind of… stare at him.)

Check out the article; it’s a fun read. Mad Men is mentioned at the end, but notably as the only TV these guys found worth calling out. Their devotion is clear.

Our very own Salvatore is fully out and receiving kudos!

Out Magazine has named Bryan Batt artist of the year, and there’s a nice little writeup and a great little photo.

Ironically, the actor has spent nearly the entirety of his 20-year professional career out of the closet.