'Masters of Sex' captures the atmosphere of its era better than all of 'Mad Men'’s exquisite costumes and scrupulous sets: the sense of being on the brink of a seismic shift in the zeitgeist, as well as the particular courage required to be a sexually liberated woman in the baffling, buttoned-up years after Alfred Kinsey’s ground-breaking studies but before the sexual revolution.
What can a new book tell us about the real ‘Mad Men’?
"I don’t know about evil, but it had certainly become boring by the ’50s, dominated by sober, patrician types who would have been just as comfortable filling legal briefs as writing ads. Indeed, their work reflected all the creativity of contracts law. Cracknell calls the hidebound industry “little more than a shouted bulletin board.” Ads of that time were for the most part dutiful, accurate descriptions of products—“fiercely honorable” Cracknell brands the ad man of the ’50s, in what is not even remotely a compliment. And then Don Draper walked into the room."
- Alexander Nazaryan “Promotions”
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"Well, I have to go learn a bunch of peoples names before I fire them."
In honor of Ron Suskind’s retrogade portrayal of President Obama’s White House in Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, TNR presents a rather inspired comparison of the administration to the Emmy Award-winning drama.
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