Sunday, February 15, 2009

God Bless America 4

I finally caught up with the episode of Mad Men - noted by Nige - which stars that beautiful, beautiful book, Frank O'Hara's Meditations in an Emergency. I cannot imagine such a thing happening on British television. So, once again, God Bless America. These are the O'Hara lines from Mayakovsky which form the interior monologue of Dan Draper at the end of the show.

Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting and modern.

The country is grey 
and brown and white in trees,
snows and skies of laughter
always diminishing, less funny
not just darker, not just grey.

It may be the coldest day of 
the year, what does he think of
that? I mean, what do I? And if I do
perhaps I am myself again.

27 comments:

  1. American TV is either ridiculously good, or so bad you want to poke your own eyes out with a corndog.

    The Cousins seem to shun that stodgy middleground of medocrity so beloved of British TV.

    In America, of course, television is rendered unwatchable by the commercials, so the ideal TV conditions are good American shows on mediocre British channels.

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  2. How appropriate that there should be a commercial interruption in this comment section. *lol*

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  3. Timely, those links Anon, just installed Cool Previews in Firefox, spent an exiting few minutes trying out, the fact that they lead to double Greek hardly seems to matter.
    What's wrong with British TV Bryan, where else can you watch constant repeats of Dads Army ?
    Or K Wark.

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