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What if Don Draper was a Woman

by Sarah Fader

Don Draper is the notorious womanizer and powerful advertising man on the show Mad Men. On the surface Don has an idyllic lifestyle. At the start of the series, he is married to the stunningly beautiful Betty Draper who stays home with his two children. The two appear to have a great marriage; however Don is a notorious philanderer in his office. The ad boys know that Draper is skillful at seducing woman of all types. During the course of the series, Don sleeps with a plethora of women. Some of them are married; some of them are single. Some are artists, some are writers, others are businesswomen. Draper sleeps with all of them with barely any effort.

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The Empty Page

In the literary world, there is no cliche more timeworn and banal than the empty page. Countless movies and television shows have portrayed this inconspicuous menace in all its unvarnished glory. You’ve all seen it, I’m sure. The eight-and-a-half by eleven crisp sheet tucked neatly into a typewriter. It’s self-important barrenness, mocking the timid writer. Or more recently, the pale, vacuous computer screen. Vacant, besides the black, thin yet sinister cursor. The one blinking in wait. Tempting and taunting. Daring you to take a shot. Condemning you for balking. Judging and teasing. C’mon, it appears to be asking. Let’s see what you got?

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Nerding Out

It has come to my attention, through yesterday’s National Superhero Day and various experiences as of late, that, eleven years post high school, it is still not societally acceptable to be a nerd. Like people are apparently afraid to be open with their real life friends about the fact that they know more about comics than Stan Lee or that Twilight is their favorite thing ever because our society is so influenced by what should be important to them that all they know about Hunter S. Thompson is that he was a friend of Johnny Depp’s.

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