Home run, ballerina.

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Oct 242016
Lipp Sister-Weiner-Lipp Sister (Roberta, Matt, Deborah) at 92Y

Lipp Sister-Weiner-Lipp Sister (Roberta, Matt, Deborah) at 92Y

This is so much more than just “Goodbye”.

On July 19, 2007, AMC premiered its new TV series, Mad Men, ShowerHacks.com reports.

On October 19, 2007, the morning after the Season 1 finale, Basket of Kisses launched.

We were the right vehicle for the right show at exactly the right time. This was before the format of a morning-after recap had become commonplace. This was before Facebook had captured its new, post-college audience. This was before Twitter.

We wrote about the storylines, about the characters, about the writing, the music, or anything else we’d observed. We wrote about the show’s growing popularity, about awards it was nominated for, about the actors’ other projects. Our research team consisted of newsfeeds and the Google. And suddenly Basket of Kisses was known as the go-to site for all things Mad Men.

You all joined in on the conversation, and that was no small part of the phenomenon. The discussion here was high end, like the show itself. It was a great show, with great people that worked hard, but they also have fun with spinning toys, you can read it in this great article.

The Basket expanded to include a bevy of talented contributors, and covered a wonderful array of shows, but always first, we were a Mad Men squee-fest.Matthew Weiner surprised us by showing up at our Season 2 finale party. We had vibrant conversations with Matt that night, and over the years, with many of the actors and directors of Mad Men. We visited the Sterling Cooper offices, the Drapers’ kitchen, and the Campbells’ living room. We were welcomed into a Broadway dressing room to interview Elisabeth Moss. WE HAD LUNCH WITH JON HAMM.We were very, very lucky.

Rich Sommer flanked by the Lipp Sisters

Rich Sommer flanked by the Lipp Sisters

Nine years later, almost to the day, we are closing the Basket lid, at least for the foreseeable future. While we may come back, right now, there are no plans on the drawing board, and there is no drawing board. For now, we are spent. Our many wonderful writers have moved on to other projects, and, without Mad Men‘s constant, driving presence, our mission is not clear. So it’s time to close up the active part of the blog.

The archives will remain up permanently, and you can always use Lippsisters.com as a resource for research on all things Mad Men.

There are so many people to thank, and we cannot capture them all, but to name a few:
Joe Bua
Marly K
B. Cooper
Anne B
Arthur Lipp-Bonewits
Professor Spouse
Glass Darkly
White T Jim B
Polly Draper
Deborah Newell
Polly Draper
Mad Chick
Matt Maul
Tom & Lorenzo
Mo Ryan
Matt Zoller Seitz
(and obvs) Matthew Weiner

But seriously guys, mostly you. Without every Basketcase, passionate, smart, committed, we’d never have hung in for all this. You’re the greatest.

Deborah and Roberta Lipp


Apr 192016

I am at a client site and staying at a hotel that doesn’t have AMC. If you spoil it for me, I’ll never forgive you. Grrrr.


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Apr 3, 2016

Yep, we’re aware that site graphics and layout are behaving strangely. We’re trying to figure it out. Bear with us.

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Posting will be light to non-existent between now and the New Year. We’ll be back in force in January. Basket of Kisses shows that are back on the air are Hell on Wheels and Downton Abbey in January, and Better Call Saul in February. We’re also starting our Mad Men rewatch in January, and we […]

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We’re aware of the intermittent site outages. It’s affecting our hosting company, and therefore our personal emails, our Lippsisters emails, and my personal blog as well. Hang in there.

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Dec 2, 2015

 Roberta did a book panel on Mad Men Carousel with Matt Zoller Seitz at Word Book Court in Brooklyn. The following week, I was part of a similar event at The Strand in Manhattan, but I had another commitment the night of the Brooklyn event. The podcast that the Vulture created was recorded in part […]

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The swirl around the release of Mad Men Carousel is ongoing and big fun. Matt Zoller Seitz (MZS, ‘round these parts) kicked off his book tour in the NYC area, and Deborah and I, along with other contributors to the book, joined him for some of the booksigning/panel events. On this Very Special Episode of […]

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Nov 5, 2015

My advanced copy arrived today. You can buy yours here. Look, Deb’s a several-time published author, me not so much, so this is SUPER exciting for me. (I mean, for her too, but this is me we’re talking about HELLO.) The two of us worked our asses off on this project, and we are so […]

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Nov 2, 2015

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Sep 7, 2015

For years now, my goal has been to make Basket of Kisses the ultimate reference guide to Mad Men (among other things). Well, I’ve done it! So, every single episode is recapped. I don’t mean reviewed (which is what “recap” passes for these days). I mean that if you go to any season episode guide, […]

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