@realizedniche my favorite of all of the "List of Ununsual Deaths" is a story I learned in undergrad, Chrysippus, a Stoic Philosopher in classical Greece:
"...he was watching a donkey eat some figs and cried out: "Now give the donkey a drink of pure wine to wash down the figs", whereupon he died in a fit of laughter."
As a person who loves philosophy, figs, goats, and wine, this is my favorite thing ever.
I'm so excited to have this show back. For 9 months my friends have been talking about how GoT is so much better, and I got into that, and they had me fooled into agreeing.
I watched GoT last night, and was like "Eh, slog through the final season of Mad Men" - then it started, and I instantly remembered why I love the act of watching this show more than any other.
The close especially blew me away. I think sometimes I get too caught up in "What might MM be trying to say?" instead of just enjoying it as a thing that just is.
But Don, sitting alone in the cold, trying to get right, hating himself - my flaws in life are a different set than his, but seeing him miserable, alone, sitting in the cold by himself - I actually felt oddly jealous. That moment at the end seemed less to me like the suicidal gesture some people took it as and more as the self-flagellation some of us need to force ourselves through if we are ever going to 'act right'.
Miguel + Elton John Cover....fucking hell, sometimes I feel like the internet was made JUST FOR ME.
@stonefruit you have no idea how much my gay aunt just enjoyed receiving that joke via text message.
But what does it taste like?
Glad to see Vitamin D catching on, now we just need to get up on the "F Train".
We should just all put hairpin as an interest in our online dating profile so we can find each other, imho.
@leonstj (not saying of course that i think any of this justifies it or makes it okay, obviously dudes need to stop acting like jerks and just, like, be nice & non-creepy)
@Inside of a dog - I think this is especially true.
I also think there is a weird / terrible result of the system (for hetereo cis folk) where it is almost entirely dudes who ask out women...
Dudes get very used to rejection, if they are capable of asking women out at all. Even the nicest, suavest, hottest dudes I know have been rejected more times than they can count - as it should be, since not everyone is magically for everyone!
At the same time, dudes have virtually no experience being on the receiving end of even the most polite/proper-place-and-time/non-creepy/almost-but-just-barely-a-no unwanted come-ons or pick-up attempts or whatever.
So the people asking other people out are no this giant mass of people who are super comfortable with getting rejected even when they are nice (which, again, I'm not saying is wrong, dudes shouldn't get a "yes" just because they weren't scummy when asking), who also have no idea at all what it is like to have to do the actual rejecting. It can even seem like receiving unwanted advances and rejecting them must be easy, since it happens so much.
Which, even without all of the layers of straight dude privilege which further complicate matters, makes dudes susceptible to being terrible if they don't think about what their behavior must seem like to those who have to endure it.
With online dating, it becomes so much easier to ask people out, so much easier to deal with the rejection (nobody else even knows it happened!) and so much harder to sympathize with the rejector (they're just three photos and a pun about their foibles!) it just starts to accelerate and get worse.
Plus, every time a dude here's a story about how women also get like, a billion dick pics a day (ugh that must be THE GROSSEST) they start to feel like "Well, I only *talked* about my schlong, i didn't whip it out or anything, so, A+ Classy Motherfucker right here!".
@Lauren_O'Neal - I definitely expected Rust to die, especially w/ all his Gethsemane talk early on.
I think, from the point of view of someone interested in structure/narrative, the show was fascinating to me, in that, it felt really obvious from the structure / pacing to me all along that it was going to be about the two guys, not the philosophy or mystery - and yet, I didn't actually buy into that, cuz all of the content itself felt so different.
I didn't really think about Marty a huge amount, but I think what you're saying is really important - its really sad in a way that by the end of the show, he's resigned to a kind of grim fatalistic view, and it's Rust who has to add the buoyancy.
Also, I feel like tv is kind of fucked with endings, cuz of the spacing. I started to imagine my favorite books split into chunks over time - I mean, imagine if Gatsby getting show in the pool or Rochester able to see his son or like, all of that horribly depressing shit leading to Berthe going off alone in Bovary - I mean, none of those endings would feel good enough as TV Final-Hours, would they?