Tag Archives: Mad Men

If you find something original check to see where it was stolen from.

1 (from last Sunday’s Mad Men)

2 (something I tweeted earlier)

3 (a tweet that appeared in my timeline this morning)


Roommate Wanted

Fun-loving girl, responsible sometimes. Likes to laugh, lives to love. Seeks size six for city living and general gallivanting. No dull moments or dull men tolerated.

—Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Mad Men Season 3, Episode 4: “The Arrangements”

Mark Your Calendar

Mad Men Season 4 begins July 2010.


James Wolcott on Mad Men

Everybody and their mother has fallen head over heels for this show. Here’s a rare dissenting view

It’s a critic’s darling groomed for greatness despite long inert spells in each episode that leave everything opaque, as if recognizable human behavior would be vulgar coming from such immaculate mannequins. It has a seductive look, a compelling mood, a cast that could have been carved from a giant bar of Ivory soap, but zero grasp of the elastic optimism and vigor of the Kennedy years, the let-go spring of release after the constriction of the Eisenhower 50s. Even the exuberant pop music on the soundtrack is used as a counterpoint to the characters’ enclosed meanness and malaise. The more explaining and self-examination that series creator (and former executive producer of The Sopranos) Matthew Weiner does in interviews and post-episode commentaries, the muddier everything gets. Is he aware that Sterling Cooper is the most incompetent, uninspired ad agency ever to blight Madison Avenue? Meeting after meeting adjourned until the next meeting because Draper’s dimwit team can’t rub two sticks together to spark a decent idea. I don’t mind Mad Men as a mild narcotic, but the raves it’s received smack of self-congratulation, as if its fans in the press and online were fondling their own taste buds. It’s fetishistic praise, better left to the movie critics and their blurb libidos.

Mad Men and Women’s Business Wear

Tomorrow Museum’s got a great post on Mad Men and women’s business wear. I found this tidbit especially interesting: 

Prior to watching the show, I thought of the women’s struggle in the workforce as a problem perpetuated by male bosses. But Mad Men demonstrates just as much tension comes from the other women, who, either jealous or comfortable with the status quo, don’t want to see Peggy get ahead. Secretaries wield an enormous amount of power in office politics.

Thematically, Mad Men keeps getting richer and richer.

(Via The Moment.)