Puddles of Myself: Mad Men Season Seven: Time Zones

NBA regular season is ending. Mad Men recap reason begins.

Puddles of Myself: NBA Team of the Week: The Spurs are a Magnificent Beast

Wrote about the life lessons the Spurs and their continued excellence have taught me.

This song makes me stop whatever I’m doing. This new Men album is fantastic.

Talking March Madness with Villanova's Jay Wright - The Manual

I interviewed Villanova coach Jay Wright about the NCAA Tournament, Kyle Lowry, L.I.’s own Jason Fraser, and a few other things.

I’m already all in on the solo Hamilton experience.

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Ramis said that he identified with Nathan Zuckerman, the alter ego in many of Philip Roth’s novels: “Watching other people having experiences I’m not going to have. But understanding, empathizing. Much as I want to be a protagonist, it doesn’t happen, somehow. I’m missing some tragic element or some charisma, or something. Weight. Investment.”


After a moment, he continued, “One of my favorite Bill Murray stories is one about when he went to Bali. I’d spent three weeks there, mostly in the south, where the tourists are. But Bill rode a motorcycle into the interior until the sun went down and got totally lost. He goes into a village store, where they are very surprised to see an American tourist, and starts talking to them in English, going ‘Wow! Nice hat! Hey, gimme that hat!’ ” Ramis’s eyes were lighting up. “And he took the guy’s hat and started imitating people, entertaining. Word gets around this hamlet that there’s some crazy guy at the grocery, and he ended up doing a dumb show with the whole village sitting around laughing as he grabbed the women and tickled the kids. No worry about getting back to a hotel, no need for language, just his presence, and his charisma, and his courage. When you meet the hero, you sure know it.”


He smiled. “Bill loves to get lost, to throw the map out the window and drive till you have no idea where you are, just to experience something new.” And you? “Oh, I’d be the one with the map. I’m the map guy. I’m the one saying to Bill, ‘You know, we should get back now. They’re going to be looking for us.’”

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- Harold Ramis back in 2004 explaining a difference in character I think about a lot.

" Human beings, in point of fact, are lonely by nature, and one should feel sorry for them and love them and mourn with them. It is certain that people would understand one another better and love one another more if they would admit to one another how lonely they were, how sad they were in their tormented, anxious longings and feeble hopes. "

- Halldor Laxness

Just listen to the xylophone or glockenspiel or whatever at the beginning of this damn track.

He had a freshly grown, graying goatee that looked like the muzzle of an aged dog. There was still youth around the eyes—few lines, hazel eyes that warmed under the light—but there was an out-of-step quality to him. The legs of his jeans fell wide and hung loose on the tops of his boots. His broad shoulders stretched the corners of his expensive looking sweaters. He shifted uneasily in open spaces and looked to stand or sit against a wall whenever the opportunity presented. There was an imposing physicality to him, but clearly something had been lost over the years.