A big part of what I like to write about in this blog is what interests me in the moment, and how that impacts my writing, and maybe yours. Much has been said that this last decade or so has been the 'Golden Age of Television.' There is no denying that, not with The Wire, Deadwood, The Sopranos, and certainly, Mad Men, which returned last night after nearly two years with a fantastic example of why the writing on television is quite possibly the best writing that's happening anywhere.
That's not to leave fiction lovers or writers out. There's lots to take away from TV, as there is any medium. Cinema and now television have always presented an aesthetic challenge to literature - the axiom 'Show, Don't Tell' is simply a fact of life in motion pictures as opposed to a rule (well - ok, it's not, but by virtue of its nature, the camera eliminates the need for the kind of scene setting that was expected and necessary in literature in the past, and really, still is today).
Great writing, in any medium, is subtle. Last night's Mad Men was a perfect example of this. The scene above is both the least subtle scene in the show - the series? - and one of its most subtle. Instantly generating internet buzz around the country, Jessica Pare undid the Freedom Fries debacle of a few years ago in less than two minutes by making all things French very, very cool again through a little song called 'Zou Bisou Bisou.' Just watch it. Trust me.