Tonight is the Emmys hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, which ironically means having to TiVo one of the last episodes of “Blue Meth, Walter White.” (We can’t believe it’s taken five seasons for Vince Gilligan to christen Breaking Bad with our write-in title.)
Will Game of Thrones and Homeland rule over the Netflix challengers? Will Neil Patrick Harris destroy Don Draper in a dance montage? Tune in to find out!
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Last week, OTR found ourselves at a “salon” hosted by the pioneering webmag, Salon. The conceit of a “salon” harks back either to French wits gathering to amuse nobility (and one another) or to Viennese coffeehouses where intellectuals would debate philosophy and gossip. In modern-day New York, however, a “salon” is more often a euphemism for “panel discussion.” And Salon’s salon was no exception.
Never let it be said that Netflix doesn’t understand how its users watch TV shows–all at once, in a binge-y, snack-filled fugue state.
House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street
By William D. Cohan
Doubleday, 468pp, $27.95
Four years ago, on a grayish morning in late May, I left my Brooklyn home and made my way to Central Synagogue on Manhattan’s East Side. I came thither to pay my Read More
Wall Street Journal reporter Kate Kelly didn’t know what to expect the week before last when she opened her advance copy of House of Cards, the new book by William D. Cohan on the downfall of Bear Stearns. Would it be great or awful? A clip job or a robust work Read More