Some highlights from the very first episode of An Idiot Abroad, which sends Karl to China. I haven’t had a Chinese fire massage or 4 a.m. kung fu lesson (yet), but I empathized with Karl re. so many other things throughout the episode. I highly recommend getting your hands on the full episode if you’ve ever spent significant chunks of time in China.
Who are you? What do you want? You love doing? These are not important, it is important to you how to sell something.
AMC’s new drama, broadcast on July 19 “Mad Men / Mad Men,” by the producer and screenwriter of “The Sopranos / Sopranos” Matthew Weiner, produced, set in 1960s New York, bold story The description of the golden age of residues of the U.S. advertising industry … Cool commercial competition.
Those who know New York people know that today, the office of the Madison Avenue (Madison Avenue) on both sides of the nation’s largest CNN broadcast networks and 50 radio stations, “Time” editorial board of major journals in the United States, sales center and offices, nearly a thousand points of international newspapers, advertising agencies, as well as tens of thousands of advertising companies and downstream production, agents, service companies, forming a huge wealth chain.
Mad Men synopsis, as translated by SoKu.com, one of China’s main video-sharing sites
While Americans may see “Mad Men” as an escapist retro-cool trip to their parents’ boozy, bygone, better-dressed era, Ji and many of his fellow fans view the program through a different lens. In this country — where 63% of workers are exposed to cigarette smoke on the job, the divorce rate is rising as fast as GDP and boardrooms remain bastions of men who banquet — the AMC show is less like a portal to a lost past and more like an oddly relatable snapshot of the present, or maybe even the desirable future.
Expected: Da Vinci Code; John Grisham; Stieg Larsson; various Moon guides; various Lonely Planets; Eat, Pray, Love; The Rule of Four; Janet Evanovich; Chindia: How China and India are Revolutionizing Global Business
Less expected: Thomas Pynchon; Calculus, Volume I; The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists; the HOLY BIBLE (adjacent to The Game); Decision Points (a.k.a. the George W. Bush memoir); Hung DVDs, Seasons 2 & 3
Great “Making Sen$e” segment on PBS’s NewsHour.
Conan O’Brien, in tonight’s monologue. I hadn’t heard about this, but given the popularity of the show here, can’t say it’s a surprise. (There’s even a coffee shop in Shanghai called (wait for it…) Central Perk that’s basically an exact replica of the one from the show. Chinese knockoff-as-sincere-flattery at its finest.)
Apparently the Chinese version of the show is called Planet Homebuddies (lost in translation or intentional pun-in-translation?). Here’s a picture of the Chinese Ross, Rachel, et al.