Fan Art Thursday: Don Draper

 Posted by on April 24, 2014 at 6:22 am  Fan Art, Mad Men, Slideshow  No Responses »
Apr 242014
 

The most recognizable back-of-head on television. Fan art by James Zapata.

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Personal and Professional Acts

 Posted by on April 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm  Mad Men, Season 7, Slideshow, Themes  9 Responses »
Apr 232014
 

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Taking place as it does on Valentine’s Day and the occasion of a funeral, flowers are major narrative motif that runs through the Mad Men episode A Day’s Work. These elements are woven into a story depicting characters who find themselves forced to “act” a certain way as they play out the various roles in their life. The episode explores the idea of individuals struggling to sort out truth from fiction as these roles are played with others who are performing roles of their own. Continue reading »

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Don's still hungry.

Don’s still hungry.

Apr 22, 2014

Between Ritz crackers and lunch with Dave Wooster, Don absorbs some of the latest print ads, including … Ahem.

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Fix It

Fix It

Apr 22, 2014

I want to scream at you for ruining all this. Then you tried to fix it, and there’s no point. – Betty Draper, The Grown-Ups Don Draper knows how to fix things. In Marriage of Figaro, he singlehandedly built Sally a play house for her birthday. He fixed a rickety chair for Anna when he [...]

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Fun Links

Apr 21, 2014

I’ve been dropping fun links into our Twitter feed and (simultaneously) into the Beamly.com Mad Men TV Room. This is stuff that I compile every week to drop into our reference pages (Cultural References and Music, primarily). Since I’m finding the links anyway, I thought they’d be fun to share. Hope you enjoy them!

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A Day's Work: "I’d hate to think of you as an adversary."

A Day’s Work: “I’d hate to think of you as an adversary.”

Apr 21, 2014

About halfway through Mad Men episode 7.02: A Day’s Work, I wondered if we weren’t looking at an episode primarily concerned with communication and miscommunication. By the end, I understood this was an episode about wanting to be loved. Not about being loved, but about the desire for it, and all the permutations thereof. Valentine’s [...]

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Open Thread: A Day’s Work

Apr 20, 2014

Okay, here we go! This season is really happening, because now it’s the second episode. We (Deborah and Roberta; posting as Lipp Sisters) are part of the Beamly Mad Men TV Room. We’d love you to join in! Open threads appears every Sunday that a new episode is aired, starting at 8pm Eastern. Before jumping [...]

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Don's hungry.

Don’s hungry.

Apr 17, 2014

Maybe I just need a “Brooklyn Avenue” from Canter’s, but what stuck out to me in last Sunday’s Mad Men episode, Time Zones was Don taking healthy bites of food, not once but twice. First meeting with Pete for the aforementioned pastrami where they put coleslaw right on the sandwich.  Unemployed Don takes a huge bite.

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Fan Art Thursday: Mr. & Mrs. Draper

Fan Art Thursday: Mr. & Mrs. Draper

Apr 17, 2014

Phil Noto, whose Downton fan art has previously been featured here, also watches Mad Men. Original here. Check his Sales page for available prints.

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Time Zones: Final Images

Time Zones: Final Images

Apr 16, 2014

The penultimate image of Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, leaves Peggy utterly alone. It reminded me of another image, in another episode.

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Timely Conversations

Timely Conversations

Apr 15, 2014

With the title “Time Zones” and a fourth wall breaking opening monologue from Fred Rumsen pitching the wristwatch ad tagline, “Accutron. It’s not a time piece. It’s a conversation piece,” it’s no great stretch to see the use of time as a motif in MAD MAN’s first episode of Season 7. The idea of time [...]

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Mad Men Seasons: Length and Intervals Between Seasons

Apr 15, 2014

This is just straight-up reference material, and I’m going to link it in our Bible pages. At the beginning of every seasons someone asks about intervals between seasons, so it was worth collating. Here are the intervals between every Mad Men season, and the length of every Mad Men season, as well as beginning and [...]

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"Caught in war, wanting peace"

“Caught in war, wanting peace”

Apr 14, 2014

During the course of Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, two different quotes captivate Don. I feel it’s worth reviewing and comparing them.

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