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Maddy Lederman's first novel, Edna In The Desert, is about a technology addicted teen forced to spend a summer without cell phone service, Internet or TV at her grandparents' remote cabin in the Mojave Desert. It was released Sept. 10, 2013 by Electio Publishing. Maddy has an MFA in Theater from Brooklyn College and works in the art department for films and TV shows, recently on Darren Aronofsky's Noah and The Amazing Spiderman 2.
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Ye Olde Breaking Bad: Confessions of a Binge Watcher

(7) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Breaking Bad is ancient, TV history by now, and at the same time I need to say, "spoiler alert." Weird...

I'm toward the end of a Breaking Bad binge, so to me there are two kinds of people in the world: those who have seen Breaking Bad, and those who...

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Progress and the Withering Way of Life: Thoughts on Downton Abbey's Season 4 Premiere

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 3:12 PM

Spoiler alert!

Violins set a somber tone, and sunlight streaming in doesn't brighten the dark library as Thomas spreads the news of O'Brien's nighttime departure. Downton Abbey's Season 4 starts with this surprise and the impenetrable gloom cast by the death of Matthew Crawley. Lady Mary in mourning is no...

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Dystopia Now: Anticipating Fire

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 3:51 PM

Thoughts on Catching Fire, its media machine and the world at large.

If you live in NYC and take the subway, you might have noticed lately that every time it stops, no matter where you are on the train, Jennifer Lawrence is aiming an arrow at you. I'm sure the...

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Women: It's Time to Man Up

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 3:32 PM

While there was praise for Lean In when it came out last month, there was also a lot of negativity swirling around the hype. I noticed some of the criticism of Sandberg's book was coming from people who either had a knee-jerk reaction to its title or to reviews they...

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Anna: The Happiest Girl in the World, and Other Musings on Downton Abbey

(9) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 9:41 AM

Wow, the third season flew by. Here's some thoughts on the development of my favorite characters (and yes, if you haven't seen the finale, there's spoilers ahead):

Lady Mary and Matthew: Goodness, Matthew too? Young people drop like flies around here. Not that I wished for Matthew's death, but I...

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This Is What Directors Look Like (Or at Least 9% of Them)

(8) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 4:47 PM

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In photo, clockwise from top left: Melissa Silverstein, Gini Reticker, Courtney Hunt, Emily Abt, Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, Jennifer Fox, Jodie Markell. Photo by Maddy Lederman

I attended the launch of Melissa Silverstein's book, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talking at the Athena Film Festival at...

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Undercover Boss: Why It Makes Me Mad

(43) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 10:50 AM

In the CBS' reality show, Undercover Boss, a boss gets a glimpse of the day-to-day operations in their own company. Now in it's fourth season, I've finally had enough.

At the time of this writing, the most recent episode featured Paul Damico of Moe's Southwestern Grill. I don't mean to...

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Talking Bout the Generations: Thoughts on the 12/12/12 Concert Benefit

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 2:05 PM

Which was more amazing for you: the artistic achievement of this concert, the amount of money it raised to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy, or the historic way the evening was shared around the world?

It was a surreal, technological moment when Jimmy Fallon tweeted his picture looking into...

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The Zen of Honey Boo Boo

(35) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 2:56 PM

I'm not a big reality TV fan, although I do like watching Gordon Ramsey scream obscenities. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was way off my radar, but the buzz was impossible to ignore, so finally I checked it out.

From what I'd heard, I expected the redneck culture shock. After...

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The Women Have the Balls: My Thoughts on the Latest Episode of Mad Men

(29) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 5:47 PM

I'm in awe of Joan and Peggy and the writers of Mad Men. This show, as spectacular as it is, in Season 5, is just picking up steam for me. I thought the best episode ever written was when Roger took LSD, but they have topped themselves again. "The Other...

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Peeta: Real or Not Real?

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 11:04 AM

I'm coming to this party late, but after seeing the movie, I read The Hunger Games trilogy in what seemed like five minutes. My husband is a Peeta-type, an artist, charming and affectionate. I'm lucky. He doesn't know I'm in love with Peeta. Or maybe he does. He knows I'm...

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On Technology and Writing

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 3:46 PM

I wrote a short story that everyone said would make a great film, but having already written two entertaining, culturally significant (really), yet unproduced screenplays, I wanted to try something different. The story was called Edna In The Desert; a bratty Brentwood 13-year-old is shipped off to her grandparents...

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