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In the Writing

How Character Development IN 'Mad Men' Drives Conflict

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

As Mad Men nears the close of its final season's first half, much of the discussion surrounding it has morphed into a rhetorical echo chamber: Does it deserve the hype?

In the Writing #3: Undermining the Unreliable Narrator in Wilfred

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.04.2013 | TV
Jesse Damiani

Every written narrative has a narrator, the story's teller. Narrators can take a variety of forms; in some instances, they are active participants in the plot, in others they report details from a remove.

In the Writing #2: Why Walter White Is the Most Important Character in the History of Television

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.06.2013 | TV
Jesse Damiani

In Walter White, though, Vince Gilligan hasn't created a character indebted to the strengths of a different form; he's created a character that could only exist on television.

In the Writing #1: Parallax in Arrested Development and Five Other Top TV Shows

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Jesse Damiani

Despite the potential frustration of its jigsaw puzzle plot, the fourth season of Arrested Development demands a non-chronological appreciation of the narrative, and introduces the function of parallax, a staple of modern and early postmodern thought.