Friday, July 23, 2010

Mad Men

The cult TV hit Mad Men enters its 4th season this Sunday night. The Library has a book coming soon for the show’s many devoted viewers - Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp through 1960s America by Natasha Vargas-Cooper.

The author is an enthusiastic fan of Mad Men (she operates a
Web site with the same name as the book). She uses the show, about advertising executives in the 1960s, as sort of a portal into the decade, which was the golden age of Madison Avenue - a time when chain-smoking was in, gender equality was out, and the talk was as smooth as the three martinis at lunch. She discusses some real-life advertising giants (Ogilvy, Burnett, Daniels), talks about social mores (particularly sex), and discusses early 60s books, movies and music. But as one TV critic said, "No matter how many iconic shots there are of Don Draper taking a drink or having a smoke, or how the wardrobe looks or who made the office furniture, there's only one overriding theme in Mad Men: identity."(

If you haven’t watched the show, or need to catch-up, the Austin Public Library owns season one, two, and three. If you would like read novels of that era, try a book off one of the following lists:

Recommended Reads:

Bullet Park by John Cheever
The Learners by Chip Kidd
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson
On Chesil Beach by Ian McKewan
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
Revolutionary Road Richard Yates
When All is Said and Done by Robert Hill

Books the characters have been seen reading on the series:

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Exodus by Leon Uris
The Group by Mary McCarthy
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Lady Chatterly’s Lover by DH Lawrence
Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter

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