About Jake Riordan, Author at The Impersonals

Jake Riordan

Jake Riordan

Jake went to college with Impersonals editor Matt Brand, and there was instant chemistry, to the horror of all witnesses. He has worked on Wall Street, as a journalist, and as an art dealer. His hobbies include reading, jogging and making excuses for himself.

Jake Riordan, Author at The Impersonals's Articles

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Jake Riordan

Sixty-Nine, Dude! Mad Men’s Denouement Begins

in Uncategorized | by | 14.04.14

Tennessee Williams once claimed that he slept through the sixties, to which Gore Vidal replied “You didn’t miss a thing.” Vidal was just being droll and sophisticated, of course, but I wonder if the characters of Mad Men would find an note of bitter truth in his remark. It’s not that their lives haven’t seen [...]

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Put Me Amongst the Girls

in Uncategorized | by | 14.01.14

For those of you who were watching the Golden Globes Sunday night, I can report that HBO’s  Girls began its third season with two pretty serviceable, generally entertaining back-to-back episodes while you were witnessing Jacqueline Bisset’s freakout. Hannah (Lena Dunham) is back together with the amusingly insane Adam (Adam Driver), who has broken up with [...]

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Overall, a Positive Development

in Jake Riordan, TV | by | 07.06.13

There’s nothing more annoying or insufferable than starting a written work by quoting Oscar Wilde, so I’m just going to get it over with. “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it,” wrote Mr. Wilde, who might just as well have been talking [...]

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Mad Men Season Six Premiere: Don Juan (Draper) in Hell

in Jake Riordan, TV | by | 08.04.13

Decisive historic upheavals aren’t always recognized as such while they’re actually happening: the casual student of the fall of the Roman Empire and the Industrial Revolution must yearn for a fast-forward button. But though I wasn’t alive in the sixties, it does seem to me that people who experienced the serial turmoils of 1967 and [...]

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Netflix’s House of Cards: I Couldn’t Possibly Withhold Comment

in Jake Riordan, TV | by | 08.02.13

The practice of adapting British shows for American television has enjoyed, to be generous, very mixed results. For every “The Office,” there is a “Coupling,” for every “Shameless,” a “Skins.” Even the more successful retreads, like the ones previously mentioned, tend to be diluted products lacking the bite and flavor of their antecedents. One possible [...]

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