12 Things We Learned From Matthew Weiner’s ‘Paris Review’ InterviewPosted: April 28, 2014
This Matt Weiner quote is disturbing and deserves more attention. I’m not sure Weiner is use of the term WASP’ is accurate, or relevant, and doubt it successfully communicates what he’s trying to say, but one thing is certain. Matt Weiner is definitely obsessed with Don’s status as a “white man”.
“These men don’t take no for an answer, they build these big businesses, these empires, but really it’s all based on failure, insecurity, and an identity modeled on some abstract ideal of white power. I’ve always said this is a show about becoming white. That’s the definition of success in America—becoming a WASP. A WASP male.’
Originally posted on Flavorwire:
In The Paris Review‘s storied history, they’ve only done four in-depth interviews on the art of screenwriting: Billy Wilder, John Gregory Dunne, Terry Southern, and now Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner have all weighed in on the delicate art of writing for the screen. Weiner’s interview was the highlight of the spring 2014 issue, and it’s now online in its entirety. (One of a plethora of Matthew Weiner articles out there: do check out his By the Book column in The New York Times Book Review, too.) Here are some facts and writing advice that we’ve picked up from Mad Men‘s mad genius. Caution: spoilers ahead, I suppose, if you’re Matthew Weiner.
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