Out of My Mind
- May 01
- You can email me at "Nelle@NelleEngorondotcom" &
follow @NelleEngoron on Twitter.
I'm hosting a live radio show on Monday nights at 6:00 PM PDT to discuss this season of Mad Men. You can listen live (and call in to talk to me if you like) or download the broadcast afterward. For information, go to www.blogtalkradio.com/madmentalk
**My "Mad Men" commentary for last season (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 two books (a novel and a memoir), neither of which is about Mad Men!
MY RECENT POSTS
- 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
- The Better Half: Mad Men
Season 6, Episode 9
May 27, 2013 05:50PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “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
- “And just another plug
that I discuss all of these
further detail when
June 04, 2013 12:04PM
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
To the person standing behind me in line repeatedly sucking snot back up his nose: It’s called a tissue or a handkerchief, please look into it. Yes, I know there was some research recently published that blowing your nose isn’t good for you, but trust me, regaling compl… Read full post »
“Hang on, there’s just a minute left.”
The salon assistant is worried that I’m getting impatient with my neck resting in the hard ceramic U of the sink while the conditioning treatment sits on my hair for 5 minutes. She has no idea how apt her words… Read full post »
The first time you saw him, you just knew. You knew he was The
That was all the way back when people were still saying, "Who? That guy who gave the speech at the convention?"
You believed in him from the start, when the idea of an African-American first-term Senator becoming President… Read full post »
The existential crisis flu seems to be going around.
I had it last week, and my partner K is feeling it this week. He may have caught it from me, but he also suspects his clients have infected him. He’s a psychotherapist, and he’s… Read full post »
In November, I wrote a post, Christians and Condoms: Why Bristol Palin Got Pregnant, about research on blue state vs. red state sexual mores and how they might apply in Bristol's case. I ended up with some negative predictions about how Bristol might fare as a teen mother without a colleg… Read full post »
Condoleezza Rice has returned to Stanford University’s Hoover Institute and this morning I heard part of an NPR interview with her about this transition to private life. You can find it in its entirety here:http://www.californiareport.org/
I’ll share some highlights, including the i…
I'm posting now and then to talk about movies (not reviews but reactions). For Movie Musings #1 about Milk, Frost/Nixon and Man on Wire, go here.
“Movies, movies, movies!” my partner K. often
exclaims in exasperation.
He thinks I watch too many of them (I have a tiny Netflix addiction), and since he started living with me, he’s been watching a lot more of them, too.
I love good writing, but my work involve/… Read full post »
Yesterday I posted about places to get feedback on your writing. (To see that post, go here.) Today, I'll describe a method for giving and receiving effective and compassionate feedback.
WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK DO YOU WANT?
First, it’s important to think about what kind of feedback you want… Read full post »
This post was inspired by seeing a number of people post here saying they’d like to get feedback on their writing, and wishing they could get it on OS. I’m going to suggest some other venues to get it, as well as techniques (in a second post).
Giving writers feedback…
I’ve had love letters, poems and even sonnets written for me, I’ve gotten bouquets of every kind of flower, I’ve opened countless boxes of chocolate and lingerie and other gifts, I’ve been literally swept off my feet, wooed and won, but the most romantic… Read full post »
So I’m looking up some medical information on the health site WebMD this weekend and my eye is caught by a side bar on “Top 12 Health Topics” which is exposed (as it were) to the Top 12 for Men. To wit:
- Frequent Masturbation
- Natural Viagra
- High Cholesterol
- Getting "Wasted" … Read full post »
I’m hoping to post now and then to talk about movies in some fashion – not reviews so much as musings. Here are some thoughts about three current movies that tell the stories of real people, with varying success.
(NOTE: I already blogged about Milk… Read full post »
In January, Salon published a short essay by Geneen Roth on how she came to be ripped off by Bernie Madoff. Instead of portraying herself as the innocent victim of a nefarious con man, Roth takes the opportunity to ponder not only why she trusted someone with 30… Read full post »
The New York Times Magazine had a long feature article this past weekend on research into that great mystery: Women’s sexual desire. (And yes, they lacked imagination and titled it What Do Women Want? in homage to Freud’s timeless question. I&… Read full post »
A rare and strange thing has happened to me recently not just
once, but twice: People I used to know in real life are
portrayed in the movies – “Milk”
and “Frost/Nixon” to be specific.
You may notice a connection – both movies are about politicians, and yes, b… Read full post »
As news of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 spread all over the world, and TV reporters rushed to get the first raw reactions of people in their countries, an ordinary middle-aged French woman said something to a TV news crew that is forever branded in my heart: “Aujourd’hui, nous somm… Read full post »
I wanted to be a writer even before I was old enough to read or write.
I was raised Catholic because my mother was, although my father was raised Jewish, but we were never told this.
Tell someone that you’re a writer, and they will almost
inevitably ask, “Oh, what have you published?”
Or if they’re really rude: “A published writer?” (Always asked in a very suspicious tone of voice.)
Those of us who have been only modestly published or are work… Read full post »
This past Friday, the front page article in our small neighborhood paper, The Montclarion, announced that a local author was holding a public funeral for her novel, Family Plots: Love, Death & Tax Evasion, the following afternoon. Spectators were not just welcomed, but invited/… Read full post »
I had many unpleasant jobs as a high school and college student needing to earn money for college.
Aside from babysitting (which I started at age 11), my first job was at a frozen banana factory. I worked there the summer that I was 14 (got a special permit… Read full post »
I’m a middle-aged product of 1970’s feminism who
abhors the objectification of women, the unrealistic and often
brutal sexuality of porn, the manly action movie, and macho
behavior both in art and in life. So why do I love James Bond?
Personally, I blame Sean Connery.
Since… Read full post »
The Nov 3 issue of the New Yorker featured an article, “Red Sex, Blue Sex,” about sexual and marital habits in red and blue states, especially among teenagers. The findings reported on in the article are a powerful counter argument to the superior stance of m… Read full post »
Friday night, K. and I zipped across the Bay to have dinner at Hog Island Oyster Co., located in the insanely delectable San Francisco Ferry Building. And we actually sat outside...on the water…after dark…without jackets…in San Francisco…in mid-November! Perhaps only lo… Read full post »
OK, now that the election is over, let’s get back to
talking about what’s really important: Sex.
In all the election frenzy, you may have missed an article in the October 28th New York Times about research showing marital infidelity is on the rise, particularly among younger coup… Read full post »