AND WHATNOT: Lara Flynn Boyle Is Not To Be Confused With Susan Boyle (Although, It May Happen); Also, a Triceratops Bombshell, Free Caviar, and Morpheus’s Pornstar Daughter

Lara, then and now.

Socialite Life: Laura [sic] Flynn Boyle Looks A Bit Puffier, No?
HuffPo: Best Sushi In Los Angeles
Sky News: Tokyo’s ‘Oldest Man’ Died 30 Years Ago (thanks jash)
Daily Mail: Triceratops ‘never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur’ (thanks Cat)
Lisanti Quarterly: “Mad Men” Power Rankings: Episode 402, “Christmas Comes But Once A Year”
Socialite Life: Laurence Fishburne Not Happy With Daughter’s Porno
D-Listed: Aaaaand It’s Over
Dessert Darling: Dessert Platter: Global Cuisine Catering
Caroline on Crack: 10 Things I Learned About Caviar From Petrossian West Hollywood (omg I need to start hanging out with more food bloggers)
Vulture: Could Ricky Gervais Replace Steve Carell on The Office?
Movieline: VIDEO: Three Years Before Clueless, Paul Rudd was the Bat Mitzvah Host with the Most
Little Miss Listless: Imperfect System

SHILL TOWN: Cafepress ‘Mad Men’ Gear


When Cafepress offered to send me a complimentary Mad Men t-shirt in return for a review of their product, I was more than happy to jump at the opportunity. Of course, anyone offering me free stuff usually gets my attention. Nevertheless, I was able to select one of many designs at the Cafepress Mad Men Shop, and after some mild consternation, I opted for a simple fitted white t-shirt with the words “Sterling Cooper Advertising” on the front.

So far so good. The shirt arrived in the mail about four or five business days later, and it fits me like a charm. I was concerned that it might make me look like I have a slight belly, but then I realized that’s because I have a slight belly. Not the shirt’s fault. Luckily, my friend Jenny was around when I first tried it on, and she assured me that the fit was good. The big test, of course, will be the shrinkage. We’ll see how things go after this bad boy goes through the wash for the first time. Fingers crossed I won’t destroy my lovely free t-shirt. If I do, there will certainly be a follow-up report.

Anyway, if you too are similarly excited about the idea of a Mad Men themed item, check out the aforementioned online shop. Also, if this doesn’t sate your appetite, Cafe Press has a nifty Mad Men blog post boasting trivia etc.. So, check that out because they were nice and sent me a t-shirt. Continue reading

‘Mad Men’ Returns, Continues To Be Awesome


Hallelujah! For those of you who think I relish in only lowbrow culture, I’m happy to report that I do have more refined tastes, as evidenced by my love of Mad Men, which triumphantly returned last night. But of course, lowbrow always beats out highbrow, which is my way of apologizing in advance for admitting that I’m not giving Mad Men the blog love it deserves because, well, I’m working on a very special Housewives post. Alas.

Nevertheless, I open the floor to the readers to discuss what you all loved and hated about the premiere, not to mention the things you’d like to see more of.

My personal highlights: Henry’s mother (who should be on every episode); Sally spitting out her Thanksgiving dinner; the rising heights of all the women’s hairstyles; and JOAN (just that she exists). My only question is this: when does Ken Cosgrove come back? And will we ever see Rachel Menken again? We all know she’s the only woman who can stand toe-to-toe with Don. A little Francine and Trudy wouldn’t hurt either.


Checking Out ‘The Mad Men Look’


Smelling a hint of smoke in the air? Feeling a misogynistic spring in your step? Tasting the sweet flavor of marital woes in your coffee? Then it must be that time again. That’s right: Mad Men returns for a fourth season on Sunday, and rumor has it the show will focus more on the workplace than the homefront, which is great news for those of us who can’t stand Betty Draper.

We still have a few days before the big premiere, but in the meantime, entertain yourself with this funky user-submitted gallery of mid-century homes and interior designs. After all, you need something to do for the next five minutes.

Washington Post: The Mad Men Look: Does Your Home Have It?

Sex Patents!

Take one (or really two) actors from Mad Men, add in someone from Community (or not if you count Alison Brie as one of the Mad Men actors), and throw in a Desperate Housewives scene stealer, and you have the makings for a raunchy but very funny video, courtesy of Funny or Die. I chuckled.

Language NSFW.