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Monthly Archive for November, 2010

The gravel crunches under the tires of our agency’s rented Camry as we pull in front of the little building that bakes in the hot retirement sun of Florida. We have arrived at the Home for Tired Old Advertising Ideas and Visuals. Here in this forlorn little building lie the over-exposed and terminally boring. Old […]

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You’d think being an ad geek I would TiVo every episode of Mad Men, but for the life of me I just can’t stay with it.  The show feels like a wardrobe budget in search of story. (Gimme The Wire any day.) The other thing that bugs me is the work that Draper’s agency does. […]

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My Favorite Writing Teacher.

Most poetry sucks. Well, most everything sucks when you get right down to it; most advertising, most TV shows, most novels. But poetry? Ugh! If I see one more impenetrable little block of word salad in the New Yorker, I’m gonna need someone to hold my hair while I dictate my review into the big […]

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Fallon was a fun place to work, partly because no one was safe from random acts of mean-spirited disrespectful treatment, including the CEO, Pat Fallon. One year Fallon decided he needed a bigger office with a little more meeting room, and so he knocked down a wall and annexed the office next to him, making […]

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In his book about political advertising, Run The Other Way, author (and friend) Bill Hillsman observed: “Voters are fairly discerning about the difference between attack ads and legitimate contrast advertising, which present a fair-minded (though ultimately pejorative) comparison of policy differences.” We know the difference. We know where the line is. Most politicians, however, do […]

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