Category Archives: Television

“Ninth Street Women”: The New York School (of Painters, Mostly) Comes to TV

Those of us who have been hoping for years for a Frank O’Hara biopic or Netflix mini-series devoted to the New York School poets will have to wait, but there is exciting news in this department: Amazon just announced that … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara as a Jeopardy! Clue

The list of poets who are well-known enough to appear in a question on a television trivia game show is relatively short.  Games like Jeopardy! frequently feature questions about old standbys like Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron, Pound, Yeats, Hughes, … Continue reading

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Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner and his Love for (and new Recording of) Frank O’Hara

As I’ve mentioned a few (well, maybe more than a few) times before, the beloved TV show Mad Men surprised and delighted poetry fans everywhere when it incorporated Frank O’Hara’s poetry into the show’s second season in 2008.  Over the … Continue reading

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The Finale of Mad Men and Frank O’Hara: A Theory

  Yesterday, I pondered whether there might have been a sly nod to Frank O’Hara’s “Having a Coke with You” in the final moments of the Mad Men finale.  Now, on further reflection, I think there may have been even more … Continue reading

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Having a Coke with Don Draper and Frank O’Hara

The breathlessly-awaited series finale of the television show Mad Men aired this week, and the web has been teeming with recaps and commentary, especially on the significance of the show’s enigmatic final moments. (Warning: spoilers ahead). The endlessly dissected conclusion of … Continue reading

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Mad Men’s Love Affair with Frank O’Hara: “A Magical Occurrence”

I suppose my days of posting about Mad Men and Frank O’Hara are probably numbered, as the show’s final season begins this Sunday.  But the media hype about the show’s final run is reaching a fever pitch, and the New York Times … Continue reading

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No, Mad Men Didn’t Rescue Frank O’Hara from Obscurity

The New York Times recently ran a piece that highlighted the effect Mad Men has had on Frank O’Hara’s reputation.  It claimed that, thanks to the television show, O’Hara has gone from being a “relatively obscure poet of the New York School” to … Continue reading

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