“But I digress. The point is that, while Gervais is seen as acerbic, he turned out to be a softie. The American Office, a key part of the golden age of television we’re now living in, is visualized from a darker perspective. The characters’ personal damage determines their dead-end futures, because they don’t have it in them to make it. Ryan will never succeed in business. Pam is not an artist. Jim is not ruthless enough to succeed as a salesman. Dwight’s family line will no doubt expire with him and his cousin Mose. And Michael will never have an adult relationship, because he’s not yet an adult.”—
Slate makes the case that The Office is devastatingly heartbreaking and depressing. It’s Death of a Salesman, the comedy.
“In a popular 1940 article on the subject, Whorf referred to Eskimo languages having seven distinct words for snow. Later writers inflated the figure in sensationalized stories: by 1978, the number quoted had reached fifty, and on February 9, 1984, an unsigned editorial in The New York Times gave the number as one hundred.”—
Of course there’s a wikipedia about Eskimo words for snow.
“Set in the empty lobby of a West Village office building, these affairs were legendarily wild, unhinged from any one scene. “We had some of the original graffiti writers, Zulu Nation kids, guys who worked in movies, smelly Brooklyn punks, old dance-music people, Rosie Perez on crutches—it was the weirdest mix of people you could ever see,” Murphy says.”—
It turns out, James Murphy is Stefan from SNL. It’s got everything, Rosie Perez on crutches.