Out of My Mind
- May 01
- You can email me at "nengoron@gmaildotcom" &
follow @NelleEngoron on Twitter.
My archived radio shows on last season's Mad Men are available (for free!) at: www.blogtalkradio.com/madmentalk
**My "Mad Men" commentary for Season 5 is on Salon rather than here -- go to http://www.salon.com/writer/
nelle_engoron/ to find all my Salon articles.
**My book, "Mad Men Unmasked: Decoding Season 4," is available on Amazon in both e-book and print versions.**
I'm a writer/editor/consultant who lives in the SF Bay Area. I write about all kinds of things, but am particularly intrigued by movies, relationships, gender issues, belief systems and "Mad Men." (Scroll down left sidebar for links to a selection of my blog posts.) I'm working on a novel and a memoir, neither of which is about Mad Men!
MY RECENT POSTS
- Mad Men Season 7: My
commentary rests (and so do I)
April 13, 2014 04:15PM
- In Care Of: Mad Men Season 6,
Season Finale (Commentary)
June 24, 2013 05:48PM
- The Quality of Mercy: Mad Men
Season 6, Episode 12
June 17, 2013 06:22PM
- Favors: Mad Men Season 6,
Episode 11 (Commentary)
June 10, 2013 06:52PM
- A Tale of Two Cities: Mad Men
Season 6, Episode 10
June 03, 2013 06:12PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “You are all too kind.
Really. Thank you so
April 14, 2014 02:06PM
- “Femme, I also give the
writers but especially the
credit for making all
June 25, 2013 02:39PM
- “Thanks, Gabby. Yes, Don
clearly knows that Lou is
brought in for an
June 24, 2013 07:09PM
- “Zanelle, it's hard to
believe Don can keep drinking
as he has
been. It reminds
June 18, 2013 02:09PM
- “Zanelle, I knew someone
who saw their parents making
thought they were
June 11, 2013 11:53AM
Nelle Engoron's Links
- My radio show
- My articles on other sites
- Movies, movies, movies
- Mad Men writing on OS
- A sampling of other blog posts
- My book
Being an utterly unathletic person who abhors watching sports, why do I absolutely love the Olympics? Why have I spent countless hours avidly watching every single Olympics since the tragic 1972 Munich games that are the strongest memory of my 14th summer?
Well, first of all, the… Read full post »
(I posted this last year for Valentine's Day, but it's still one of my favorite humorous stories of romance, so I'm re-posting it for the "My Funny Valentine" Open Call.)
I’ve had love letters, poems and even sonnets written for me, I’ve gotten bouquets of… Read full post »
Famous for offering a $1 million prize to anyone who could improve on its already successful (and secret) algorithm for giving movie suggestions to its users, Netflix has either wasted its money or engaged in an elaborate PR gimmick. Because all they really need to know is…
Kathryn Bigelow made cinematic history this week and is poised to make more.
On Saturday, Bigelow became the first woman ever to win the Directors Guild of America’s (DGA) most prestigious award, Best Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, for “The Hurt Locker.” And,…
On Saturday, January 30th, the Directors Guild of America will give out its annual awards, including the most prestigious: Best Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, which generally reveals who will later win the Academy Award for Best Director (since the two awards share a n…
I’ve heard it said that the best time to see musical artists perform live is either when they’re on their way up or on their way down: You get to see them in small, intimate venues, doing their best work, either before they get compromised by fame or… Read full post »
(Photo by Steve North, Associated Press)
Miep Gies, one of several Dutch citizens who protected and sheltered Anne Frank, her family, the Van Pels family and Fritz Pfeffer in a canal house in Amsterdam for much of the Nazi occupation, has died at the age of 100. She/… Read full post »
Deep in thought at the Rodin Museum, Paris (Photo by me)
There’s a little Japanese restaurant I go to that has customers order their food at the cash register up front, then find a table and wait for their meal to be brought to them. The staff must have
… Read full post »
(Photo by me)
The answer to Freud’s famous question, “What do women want?” increasingly seems to be: Not even women know.
Last week, actress Meredith Baxter, best known as über-mom Elyse Keaton on the 1980’s sitcom “Family Ties,&rdqu… Read full post »
These are great to have around the house to munch on over the holidays, as a snack dish to put out at a holiday party or to give away (the least fattening option). When I worked in an office, I’d make a big batch and divide it up… Read full post »
NOTE: While I allude to certain things that occur in the film, I think I've avoided explicit plot spoilers. But if you prefer not to know anything about a film before seeing it, you may not want to read this.
I hate to put anyone off their feed for Thanksgiving, but it seems the right time to share the heartwarming tale of a wild turkey family of seven that lives in our neighborhood. Warning: Baby turkey videos ahead that may melt your heart!
We live in a… Read full post »
Blog radio, that is.
I’ve been getting some interesting offers because of my Mad Men commentaries that Kerry and Thomas have so graciously featured on the cover. The latest was from Shelley Ackerman, an astrologer with a blog radio show cleverly called “Karmic Relief” (a… Read full post »
Nothing ends without something else beginning. In perhaps the most action-packed show of the entire series, the Sterling Cooper agency we’ve known comes to an end in the Season 3 finale of Mad Men, “Shut… Read full post »
We can all stop worrying about our OS addiction as well as our Facebook obsession and LinkedIn updating compulsion. A study by the Pew Center, a prestigious nonprofit think tank in Wahington D.C., has concluded that users of the internet and mobile media are not losers, u… Read full post »
I just want to see what’s going on. ~ Duck
What’s going on? ~ Peggy
My god, what happened? ~ Peggy
What is going on? – Betty
Well, now we know where Marvin Gaye got the idea.
It’s a cliché that the 19…
It’s more complicated than that. ~ Don
In Season 1’s brilliant episode of Mad Men, “The Hobo Code,” we learned about Dick Whitman’s childhood by focusing on a time that a hobo visited his father’s Depre… Read full post »
Not so fast there, Don.
Last week people were speculating on how Don would negotiate the coming societal changes and statements like this from him aren’t reassuring. In "
… Read full post »
Portion of Cypress Freeway in
Oakland, after collapse. Photo by USGS
I was a minute away from being in the elevator.
On October 17th, 1989, that was approximately my third thought as the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake hit while I was walking to the elevators in my downto… Read full post »
I want what I want when I want...and you don’t care what it does to the rest of us. Like someone else I know.
Something’s afoot at Sterling-Cooper.
In the 6th episode of Season 3 of Mad Men, “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency… Read full post »
The death of Yale graduate student Annie Le and the subsequent arrest of Raymond Clark, a co-worker who has been labeled a “control freak” by acquaintances has gotten me thinking about the risk of violence for students at college.
On TV this week, a criminal profile… Read full post »
Well, the good news is …time has stopped. ~ Don
Liminal states are fascinating. We float between sleep and wakefulness, between dream and reality, and eventually between life and death. Hove…
Indeed we do, Gene. These latest episodes are so packed with story, character development, symbolism, revealing dialogue, historical allusions and humor that it’s hard to keep up. Poor Gene couldn… Read full post »
Mad Men’s third episode of the third season, “My Old Kentucky Home,” is full of intimations of the changes that are to come, as well as the ones…