When I was a child, my parents often ignored me. It's not that they were unkind to me. It's that they had full lives of their own and didn't like playing Candy Land.
Even in our meditation-friendly decade, the specific technique that Don is shown using, chanting Om, is still widely -- but erroneously -- regarded as woo-woo.
Thank you Matthew Weiner, for creating a world that we could luxuriate in and learn from. And thank you for ending it on a largely optimistic note. These days, we need every ounce of hope we can get.
Mad Men began and ended with Don Draper in silhouette against an iconic backdrop. In the beginning, the richly cluttered urban canyons of Manhattan in the show's evocative opening titles. In the end, the seemingly limitless horizon of the Pacific Ocean.
What do those two events -- a poll of religious identification and the climax of an iconic period drama -- have in common? In a very real sense, that last glimpse of Don prefigures the rise of the SBNRs.
The finale of Mad Men was not what I expected. The day before the finale aired I was hoping Don Draper would change his name to Dick Whitman and turn his back on the advertising world.
Finales of TV series are tough to pull off. Let's all agree. That said, Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men, and his team pulls off a finale by capturing hearts and minds, and also with closure.
Having watched the show since the beginning, I was fascinated to see it end. I read the commentary about how the show wrapped up, whether the characte...
So, yes, I am Don Draper in the sense that I know who I am and how I am perceived. I know my brand, and I'm comfortable with the harmony it engenders with my sense of self. I strongly suspect I'm in the minority in this regard.
Backward-thinking men and women who worship the Mad Men era as a utopian dream are holding back the cause of gender equality.
The series finale of Mad Men ends with a lingering moment of feel-good levity, just right after the melancholy of the final episodes. Mad Men is not just about the paleolithic era of mass marketing. It is also about how political and cultural history shapes our notion of the possible.
Jim McCloskey, founder and head of the crusading group Centurion Ministries, the first organization dedicated to fighting for the wrongfully convicted, is the real deal.
At AMC's grand finale screening in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, I witnessed some of the red carpet hullabaloo and general fan hysteria behind the award-winning series.
I was scared of Mad Men for a long time. Even as it racked up Emmys and accolades, I wouldn't watch. I'd lived through Happy Days and other treacly tributes to the '50s and '60s that didn't ring anything like true. They'd glossed over or just plain avoided the ugly stuff I'd lived through as a black girl growing up in that very white world.
Shot of salt flats. Don is racing cars. His face is determined. And covered with lots and lots of sweat. But we'll get used to Don being coated in a sheen of sweat in this episode. Not sexy sweat. The sweat of alcohol, despair, and Utah.
Why are we so compelled by Don? Well, it is true that a good man is hard to find -- but the bad ones are so much more interesting, at least in fiction, if not also in life.