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April 23, 2012

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Excellent post, David. A small footnote: Peggy and the young man were watching "Born Free." Earlier, her boyfriend wanted to see "The Naked Prey." Both films are about the difficulties of survival in the wilderness. I think the mention of these particular films was therefore deliberate because they were metaphors for the struggles these characters have dealing with the wild world of advertising.

I'm still thinking about it. Very funny and very disturbing. I laughed a lot but felt uneasy at the end. Roger's experience was so perfect for his character. I was glad to see that character equals destiny or whatever that phrase is. Had he had some terrible experience it would have been all wrong. Maybe he is up from the nap he's been in all season, and good for him. I love Peggy.

Thank you, Larry, for the insight. I'm sure you're right in your analysis. I never did see "Born Free," though I remember thinking once, when reviewing the list of Academy Award winners in "best song," that "Born Free" marked the beginning of the end. Stephanie, I too love Peggy, and I think Roger's trip was true to his character -- and to the LSD experience, and I was pleased that the tripartite episode concluded with his sunny face. -- DL

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of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
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"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark
                   

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