Still, the sun was hot.
Still, one got over things.
Still, life had a way of adding day to day.
According to de Rothschild, we don’t get out enough. Our disconnect with nature is such that we will happily pay extra for a hotel room with an ocean view but won’t go so far as to get our feet wet. ‘‘It’s earth porn,’’ he says. Or, to put it more mildly, our idea of ‘‘out there’’ comes with a can of Off! ‘‘God forbid another species would land on me! We like nature when we can control it.’’ And market it."Earth porn!" True that. I love it. Scroll through the pics; savor the beauty; follow the journey. There are exciting things afoot.
The pairing of Barbie and “Mad Men” is more interesting than the typical licensing agreement because of their shared history. Barbie was introduced in March 1959, and the first episode of “Mad Men” is set in March 1960.
“'Mad Men’ represents so beautifully the universe that created Barbie,” said Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, because the series is about the selling of the American consumer society.
The personification of Betty Draper as Barbie is particularly resonant, Mr. Thompson said, because she represents “the wife who lives in her dream house whose soul is eaten away.”
“I have this fantasy of an 8-year-old getting a set” of the dolls, he added, “and saying: ‘Mom, can Chelsea come over? We want to play “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.” I’m going to be the organization man, and she’s going to be the soulless drone.’ ”
Hee. Remind me to teach my goddaughters how to say "soulless drone" this weekend. (Can't start too early with the culture jamming, eh, Adbusters?). And before you run out to buy your own plastic Don, check out the final paragraph, where show creator Matthew Weiner alludes to the old-school Midge doll as a possible inspiration for Don Draper's original artistic and bohemian mistress, Midge Daniels, who I kind of not-so-secretly very much want to be.*
*(The beautifully tousled Rosemarie DeWitt! Throwing the TV out the window! Her anti-establishment beatnik friends! Dark nights spent in secret underground jazz clubs! "I don't do breakfast." Yes, please; all of the above.)
"One after another, then by almost geometric progression, things slipped away from me. [A] great burden fell off my shoulders, and I felt that I could now walk with ease and do my work also in the service of my fellow men with great comfort and still greater joy. The possession of anything then became a troublesome thing and a burden.
Exploring the cause of that joy, I found that if I kept anything as my own, I had to defend it against the whole world. ... And I said to myself: if [other people] want it and would take it, they do so not from any malicious motive but...because theirs was a greater need than mine.
And I said to myself: possession seems to me to be a crime, I can only possess certain things when I know that others who also want to possess similar things are able to do so. But we know...such a thing is an impossibility. Therefore, the only thing that can be possessed by all is non-possession, not to have anything whatsoever. Or ... a willing surrender ...."
As a teen-ager, hanging around clubs in Oakland and Los Angeles, Eastwood heard such icons of the new West Coast cool style in jazz as Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker and the bebop geniuses in their early days, among them Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. As Eastwood has said, his notion of cool—slightly aloof, giving only the central satisfaction and withholding everything else—is derived from those musicians.
Oprah: The nature of Buddhism, as I understand it, is to believe that we are all pure and radiant at our core. And yet we see around us so much evidence that people are not acting from a place of purity and radiance. How do we reconcile that?Then, today, practice one of the elegant mantras he recommends. Just say it: "Darling, I'm here for you." Can you imagine how the world would open up if we just sat down across from one another and spoke those few words out loud every day??
Nhat Hanh: Well, happiness and suffering support each other. To be is to inter-be. It's like the left and the right. If the left is not there, the right cannot be there. The same is true with suffering and happiness, good and evil. In every one of us there are good seeds and bad. We have the seed of brotherhood, love, compassion, insight. But we have also the seed of anger, hate, dissent.
Oprah: That's the nature of being human.
Nhat Hanh: Yes. There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.
Oprah: Can't have one without the other.
Nhat Hanh: Yes. You can only recognize your happiness against the background of suffering. If you have not suffered hunger, you do not appreciate having something to eat. If you have not gone through a war, you don't know the value of peace. That is why we should not try to run away from one thing after another thing. Holding our suffering, looking deeply into it, we find a way to happiness.