Of course, none of the women of Mad Men (January Jones' Betty, Christina Hendricks' Joan, and Elisabeth Moss' Peggy) are serial monogamists. They may have started out that way, but life and loss made them jaded, when it came to love.
The chords — and the percussion, too — of the song "Serial Monogamist," by Andree Belle, reminds me of the kind of music coming out of the 1960s, with that smoky vamp-and-dance jazz-salsa feel to it. Don't you agree?
I love this illustration forMad Men. It's the type of illustration you'd find for ads from that mid-60s era.
Notice that Don Draper is both coming and going. I like that the artist has captured his duplicity, his wanderlust, and the fact that there are other Don Drapers out there.
There are other Don Drapers inside of Don Draper.
I also hate the fact that this is the last season of Mad Men. I'm sure the show's actors realize it's a career high for them, thanks to all the elements that make a show great: the direction, the period detail via set design and costumes, and of course the writing. Writer-Producer Matthew Weiner has created an ensemble of characters who faults and foibles ring true as the catapault through life in an era some of us remember all too nostalgically. Six years ago, as watched the first episode with my son, I remember him commenting, “Wow, the men were really cruel to the women who worked with them.”
Yes, to a great extent, barbaric.
Truly, it set the tone of what was to come.
We love these characters,and we also hate them.
In other words, we feel for them.
It's why it's great television, and why it's sublime storytelling.
Check out the show's creator, Matthew Weiner, discussing the latest episode (9, “The Better Half”).
Amuse bouche. That's what' the French call an appetizer that teases the palate.
Well, I've got the boob tube equivalent of one, right here: A recap of last season's MAD MEN it should quickly bring you up to speed before Sunday's first episode of the new season.
I think my characters in SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES would have easily fit into Betty and Don Draper's world, had they lived some forty years ago. Which begs the question: are men and women more duplicitous now, or less? Feel free to leave your comments below.
I'm guessing that nothing has changed in the past few decades. You'll have to read my book to find out.
"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in the bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly entertaining reading."–Jackie Collins, Hollywood Wives