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  •  As for the disjointedness... (6+ / 0-)

    ...it was a formal use of style/narrative to evoke the subjective state of the characters. I thought that was quite clear. It wasn't "one of those papers that every halfway-smart student writes when they’re exhausted and can’t come up with an idea, and decides to write about their inability to come up with an idea instead". Or rather, that was the state of mind the office was in -- they COULDN'T be coherent, or on-track, or easy-going, or focused. That was the whole point. As for where it's going, who knows (as ever), but the weekend of hell -- hell being a constant theme this season and especially in this episode -- was a good crucible for character development and a nod to the upcoming 70s souring of the 60s post-RFK.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Mon May 20, 2013 at 06:13:47 PM PDT

    •  it's kind of crazy how don really was focused- (0+ / 0-)

      he just wasn't focused on chevy. he was still focused on Sylvia.

      "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

      by thankgodforairamerica on Mon May 20, 2013 at 06:17:34 PM PDT

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      •  In his way... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...although I'd say he was obsessed more than focused. There was less a focus on Sylvia than there was a (simile ahead) drunken nighttime drive through a forest on a motorcycle toward some light in the distance. You could say that the drunk is focused on the light, but there are so many bumps and trees hit that he's anything but focused. He's just out of his gourd with a vague goal.

        it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

        by Addison on Mon May 20, 2013 at 06:20:26 PM PDT

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        •  obsessed really is the right word (1+ / 0-)
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          I just think don really understood how his childhood abuse and neglect was behind his obsession with Sylvia.

          don was right to fixate on that 10 year old ad- it's probably not going to help them w/ chevy, but he was right to focus on it.

          "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

          by thankgodforairamerica on Mon May 20, 2013 at 06:39:00 PM PDT

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      •  I've seen this sort of thing before (3+ / 0-)

        When I was in graduate school in the late sixties, I had a paper to write.  Since I had my own apartment, a friend of mine asked if he could study for his finals over at my place.  That was fine with me, and so he came over with his books, and, thinking it would help him study, he took some speed.

        A few minutes later, he picked up my guitar and started playing it.  I was too absorbed in writing my paper to pay much attention, but after about two-and-a-half hours, he put down the guitar, picked up his books, and prepared to leave.

        “That speed really helps you focus,” he said as he opened the door.  “But you have to be able to control it.”

    •  It was about false epiphanies-- (2+ / 0-)
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      the apparently perfect, paradigmatic idea you get when you're stoned, which turns out to be incoherent crap when examined later in the cold light of day.

      The "oatmeal mother" is a false epiphany, a dishonest rationalization for Draper's problem with women. The Chevy Vega is a false epiphany, an ad campaign for a crap car which is going to backfire on the firm. Don's "We're going to surmount his crisis" pep talk uses exactly the same language as LBJ speeches about the Vietnam War effort.

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