Mad Men

Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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How Don Draper Would Sell Philip Roth’s ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’

A while ago I made an educated guess that this season of Mad Men would feature one or two books that came out in 1969. The Godfather, Kurt Vonnegut, and Margaret Atwood could all still show up in this two-part final season of our favorite show about horrible men in nice suits. Yet those other titles would just be an extra-nice surprise, as last night’s episode featured Don on his couch, reading the book I most expected to see: Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: “The Monolith”

Hey fans of Angry Males! Do you like metaphors? Because this episode was chock-a-block full of them. It was called “The Monolith,” and the central monolith was Sterling Cooper & Partners’ brand spanking new 1969 computer, installed to make Harry happy, taking over the creatives’ “lunchroom.” Is the monolith the moon, hanging over this (late… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘Review’ in Review

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, Review ties up its first season and Veep hits the Best Coast.  … Read More

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12 Things We Learned From Matthew Weiner’s ‘Paris Review’ Interview

In The Paris Review‘s storied history, they’ve only done four in-depth interviews on the art of screenwriting: Billy Wilder, John Gregory Dunne, Terry Southern, and now Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner have all weighed in on the delicate art of writing for the screen. Weiner’s interview was the highlight of the spring 2014 issue, and it’s now online in its entirety. (One of a plethora of Matthew Weiner articles out there: do check out his By the Book column in The New York Times Book Review, too.) Here are some facts and writing advice that we’ve picked up from Mad Men‘s mad genius. Caution: spoilers ahead, I suppose, if you’re Matthew Weiner. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 3 Recap: “Field Trip”

Do Hitchcock blondes ever go to the farm? The answer was a decided yes on this week’s Mad Men, with the return of Betty Francis, kitted out in her best orange sherbet shift dress with a matching orange sherbet coat, her hair a glorious blonde helmet, her lipstick a perfect red, tripping along in heels, smoking a cigarette before trying some milk straight from the cow. She was trying her hardest, but the visual was all wrong: on her son Bobby’s field trip, everyone had jeans and shirts, the authority figure of the teacher didn’t even bother with a bra (free love!), and there was Betty, completely overdressed. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: The First Lady and Leslie

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Archer and Parks and Recreation wrap up their seasons while ABC’s Black Box fails to make waves. … Read More

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Was It Rape? TV’s New Obsession With Sexual Consent, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Breaking Bad’

“Get on all fours.” Those words mark a turning point for Adam Sackler, the main love interest on Girls. Directed at his new girlfriend Natalia in the penultimate episode of the show’s second season, they initiate the most uncomfortable sex scene of a series that’s built its name on uncomfortable sex scenes. Adam picks Natalia up and forcibly throws her onto his bed. Adam keeps going when Natalia objects that she hasn’t showered, and when she asks that he watch out for her dress. Adam doesn’t appear to care about Natalia’s obviously pained facial expressions. But did Adam rape Natalia? … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: ‘Mad Men’s’ Teyonah Parris on Dawn’s Roller-Coaster Episode

In last night’s episode of Mad Men, a swift turn of events placed Don Draper’s African-American secretary in a power position few (especially Bert Cooper!) could have predicted: Dawn Chambers is now SC&P’s office manager, effectively becoming Joan Harris in a smart blazer and hoop earrings, with a tart tongue to match. While Joan moved into an account management role more suited for her partnership status, Dawn’s ability to seamlessly juggle Don’s secrets and new boss Lou Avery’s nonstop belittling was finally rewarded at the end of the episode when she took her seat in Joan’s old office. … Read More

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