Television Is Always A First Draft: Why A Good Finale Is A Miracle

May 21st, 2015

Television Is Always A First Draft: Why A Good Finale Is A Miracle

People are still arguing about the MAD MEN finale. What is it about television that makes endings so difficult?

Zeek Braverman’s Sandals

Feb 5th, 2015

Zeek Braverman’s Sandals

The finale of NBC's Parenthood was the end of one of the most emotionally complicated series on television. Here's a consideration, via the footwear choices of one Zeek Braverman.

Why Is “Happy Valley” So Good? Because of Sally Wainwright’s Choices

Feb 2nd, 2015

Why Is “Happy Valley” So Good? Because of Sally Wainwright’s Choices

BBC's (and now Netflix's) HAPPY VALLEY looks and feels like a pretty standard crime drama. But what's inside is definitely worth thinking about.

The Reader Is Always In The Room: a reminder for student writers

Jan 21st, 2015

The Reader Is Always In The Room: a reminder for student writers

I used to tell students not to worry about who was reading their early drafts. Now I don't say that anymore. Here's why.