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May 24, 2014


Dear DL & AG: Your dialogues on "Mad Men" are better than the show itself. You should co-star with Ben Mankiewicz on "What the Flick." I basically like "Mad Men," though I often find the dialogue stilted, with non-sequitur pile-ups abounding. But your illuminating discussions make me like it better.

Thank you, Terence. Does Ben M. have a show called "What the Flick"? Good name. Maybe they should have a daily special at 4:20.

Wonderful write-ups. I should have waited to delete the show from the DVR until after I read this, and will do so for the season finale, so I can go back and rewatch scenes in light of your comments. Speaking of the season finale, it feels like a horrible tease to wait a year, have the show return with such compelling episodes for what feels like such a brief run, only to have to wait another year to see how it all wraps up.

Dear DL: Yes--"What the Flick?" is part of The Young Turks growing empire of internet-based programming. Ben was the original co-host, with Cenk Uygur, of TYT, and still appears in many of the shows. I'm a long-time TYT member and enthusiast (mostly for the political commentary). Here's a recent show on "Mad Men":

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