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How I Write — And You Can Too!

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18th cent man writing painting“Assume you are what you want to be. Walk in that assumption and it will harden into fact.” — Neville Goddard’s “Law of Assumption” (attributed to Anthony Eden)

“A man is, whatever room he is in.” — Bert Cooper’s supposed Japanese saying

“With such expert play-acting, you make this very room a theatre.” — Vandamm to Roger Thornhill, North by Northwest  Read more …

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The Ordeal of Superficiality

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James J. O’Meara
End of an Era: Mad Men and the Ordeal of Civility
San Francisco: Counter-Currents Publishing, 2015

Doing your Christmas shopping early? Here’s a great stocking-stuffer for you: James J. O’Meara’s End of an Era: Mad Men and the Ordeal of Civility. There are other books aimed at Mad Men fans, of course, but it’s a pretty safe bet that your friends and relatives haven’t seen anything that analyzes the Mad Men series at quite this cockeyed angle.

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From End of an Era: Mad Men & the Ordeal of Civility

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From James J. O’Meara’s new Counter-Currents title End of an Era: Mad Men and the Ordeal of Civility (San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2015), now available in Kindle, hardcover and paperback forthcoming.

The whole “idea” that “everyone is corrupt,” “everyone is for sale,” etc. is pure Frankfurt School drivel—authentic Judaic gibberish, to adapt Mel Brook’s Judaic sneer at the wisdom of our pioneer forefathers[1]— Read more …

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New from Counter-Currents!
James J. O’Meara’s End of an Era: Mad Men & the Ordeal of Civility

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James J. O’Meara
The End of an Era: Mad Men and the Ordeal of Civility
San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2015
104 pages

Kindle e-Book: $3.99

Hardcover and paperback editions will be out later in August.

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Mad Manspreading?

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“Keep it up, and even if you do get my job you’ll never run this place. You’ll die in that corner office, a midlevel executive with a little bit of hair who women go home with out of pity. Want to know why? Because no one will like you.”[1]

The poohbahs of the manosphere often put me in mind of the Stalinist shop steward played by Peter Sellers in I’m All Right, JackRead more …

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Don Draper’s Last Diddle
The Finale of Mad Men

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Having followed Mad Men from the start, with initial enthusiasm[1] gradually tempered by the increasingly exposed triumphalist agenda,[2] I found the series finale, pumped (or pimped) by the network as “the end of an era,” Read more …

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“This is a shirtsleeve operation”:
Judaic Crypsis in the Final Season of Mad Men

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Caddy Danny Noonan (working-class Irish American): “I planned to go to law school after I graduated, but it looks like my folks won’t have enough money to put me through college.”

Judge Smails (rich WASP): “Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too.”

Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980)

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Welcome to the Club:
The Rise & Fall of the Männerbund in Pre-War American Pop Culture

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We Boys Together: Teenagers in Love Before Girl-Craziness
Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press

“I, state name here, [but everyone just repeats Stymie’s name], a member of good standing of the He-Man Woman-Haters Club, do solemnly swear to be a he-man and hate women and not play with them or touch them unless I have to and especially never fall in love and, if I do, may I die slowly and painfully and suffer for hours or until I scream bloody murder.” — The Little Rascals[1]  Read more …

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Mad Men Jumps the Gefilte Fish
Part Three: The Country of the Blind, Continued

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“You’ll hang higher than Haman!”

Today’s Mad Men, though set in the same era as Advise and Consent, portrays a very different world — in fact, an inversion. Read more …

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Mad Men Jumps the Gefilte Fish
Part Two: The Country of the Blind

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“Here Punch does a mean trick, very unworthy of his Satanic character. Read more …

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