By Claire Barliant

Claire Barliant is a writer based in Brooklyn. She wrote about Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman in 2010 for East of Borneo.

  1. On a soggy gray November afternoon just before Thanksgiving I sat in Louise Lasser’s modest one-bedroom on the Upper East Side, interviewing her. The occasion was the release of the complete box set of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a short-lived seventies TV show produced by Norman Lear that was supremely weird and meta and critical of American consumer culture in a way that still is shocking. It was set in a small town in…

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