To your left is a new feature I'm testing, called "Quotables," wherein I will link to essays and comments of interest or amusement. Naturally, those two things are mutually exclusive. Neither I found in ample supply during Sunday night's third-season premiere of Mad Men. Didn't like the prologue, which played like a Spaghetti Warehouse production of Eugene O'Neill. Found other plot devices hoary (Pete and Ken's conversation on the elevator) and schematic (the fire alarm interruption). There were good things too -- Don Draper's refusal to judge other people, a fine quality that nearly compensates for all his bad ones. Mad Men is a tricky show to pull off and the slightest whim can upset the balance. Let's hope they smooth things out.