Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks to Terry Gross about Don Draper, Existentialist:
I feel like Don is like a lot of existential characters: brave in the face of death but more deeply, deeply afraid of it — and trying to find some purpose and some control over it — because he is aware of the sort of meaninglessness of life. … Let’s say existentialism is a young man’s game. As he’s getting up there, he’s saying, like, ‘Why do I keep repeating this? Why am I in this process?’
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
The case, by now, is anything but a whodunit; the actual rapist and attacker eventually stepped forward and confessed, and DNA samples from the crime scene proved a perfect match. But that didn’t happen until five teenage boys had been convicted of the crime and spent seven years in prison. They claim to have been coerced into giving false confessions, and the documentary makes a compelling case on their behalf.
Lilly Pulitzer with her daughters Minnie and Liza photographed at their Palm Beach home in 1963.
Lilly died today 4/7/2013 (age 81) at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. Born Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau on November 10th 1931, Lilly was an American socialite and fashion designer. She attended the Chapin School in New York City where she was classmates with Jacqueline Kennedy. Throughout the years, Jacqueline Kennedy was often seen sporting Lilly Pulitzer dresses.
After marrying Peter Pulitzer, they settled in Palm Beach, Florida. Lilly opened a juice stand with the produce from her husband’s citrus groves.
In the course of working at the juice stand, Lilly found that squeezing juice made a mess of her clothes. Seeking to camouflage the juice stains, she designed a sleeveless shift dress made of bright, colorful printed cotton. Lilly found that customers loved her dress, so she produced more in order to sell them at her juice stand. Eventually, she was selling more dresses than juice, and decided to focus on designing and selling what had become known as her “Lillys”. wiki
… and so was the birth of a fashion label. Her works were known for floral prints and bright colors making them popular Spring attire. Lilly Pulitzer is responsible for creating the “classic shift dress” and was considered the “Queen of Prep.”