The Freelance Mentalists.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
  Music's Everywhere
 Mad Men's signature Falling Man is now amidst the bare mists of a billboard, which is atop a relatively low building on 30th Street. It looks practically eye-level, as photographed by the NY Times' David W. Dunlap. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/a-season-premiere-a-falling-man-and-memories-of-911/ Understandably, some see this as an exploitation of 9/11, ditto the animated sequence heralding each
 M M episode. But the animated Falling Man also resembles his comrade in Vertigo's opening, though the Vertigo guy is a cut-out, voided by his panic attacks, going nowhere fast. Meanwhile, Don Draper plummets through good luck and bad, the card-like panes of his building's suites winking by. (Once again, he's born as boondocks misfit  Dick Whitman,"too smart for your own good"/given a chance to escape by North Korean incoming/a way into the Good Life via Roger Sterling's black-out drunk hire/overachieving sex/etc./etc.) Draper lands bull's eye, in his easy chair and the afterglow of another crisis, cigarette ready for skywriting. He's back and his back's to us. Like, Miles is in concert, don't bother to knock. Dig?                       don allred
 
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