Life on Mars

The American transplant of the British series Life on Mars premieres tonight on ABC. The title of the series refers to the David Bowie song, which was playing on NYPD detective Sam Tyler’s iPod, when he is hit by a car and suddenly transported back thirty-five...

The New York Groove

Watching the premiere of Life on Mars got me reminiscing about New York in the Seventies. And then today I gave a brief talk at a College of Arts and Science admissions open house, which I preceded with the opening slides from Bryan’s and my Writing New York...

Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in 2008 Anymore

In the premiere episode of the new series Life on Mars, which we previewed in yesterday’s post, the time-warped protagonist, Detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara) makes references to The Wizard of Oz. He tells a sympathetic but disbelieving policewoman...