If You’re Suspicious of the Pitch, Read ‘Mad Men, Death, and the American Dream’
If Mad Men’s slickness allow us to enjoy the existential emptiness at the heart of American identity without implicating us, Bronfen’s volume works to close that distance.
“Previously on”: Recaps in the Age of Binge Watching
Recaps have long been a staple of serialized series, but is binge-watching making them obsolete?
Dante and Don: The Word Made Flesh and the Word Made Cash
Separated by 750 years, the dualities of both Dante and Don Draper share a resonance that transcends time.
Beyond Don as Dorian: Fin de Siècle, ‘Mad Men’, and Aesthetics
Given the parallels between Dorian Gray and Don Draper, can we use the lesson of the former to predict the fate of the latter?
In Defense of a Second Season for ‘Halt and Catch Fire’
Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron.
In Defense of Calling It a Finalé Even Though It’s Not Over
With Mad Men now wrapped up until spring 2015, it's time we stop resisting the trend of this new television practice. It ain't over, but it's still a finalé.
Why Do Feminists Love Don Draper?
Don Draper’s insightful ad pitches are full of arrogance and sexism, but they’re also full of rhetoric, history, philosophy, psychology, and even pure, sexy poetry.