MAD MEN TONIGHT! This jpeg is incredibly silly, but as they say, it’s a poor cook who can’t please himself.
I posted this a year and a half ago for the season four premiere and I think it got like one LIKE. I’m not going to lie; this deserved more.
Also a year and a half ago for the season four premiere I had a big party. I invited all my friends and we dressed up like it was the sixties. I played sixties music and I baked two pies, from scratch, because baking pies from scratch seemed like a vaguely sixties-ish thing to do.
Then we watched the episode and I just wanted everyone to get out of my house.
I love this show. I love how it makes me feel sad and alone. It worms its way into my heart and brain like no show ever has. Above all else, I believe Mad Men is about loneliness, the tender isolation that is the center of the human condition, and the things people do to not feel so lonely. The writer Brian Doyle, in one of my favorite pieces of writing Joyas Voladoras, wrote:
We are utterly open with no one in the end—not mother and father, not wife or husband, not lover, not child, not friend. We open windows to each but we live alone in the house of the heart. Perhaps we must. Perhaps we could not bear to be so naked, for fear of a constantly harrowed heart. When young we think there will come one person who will savor and sustain us always; when we are older we know this is the dream of a child, that all hearts finally are bruised and scarred, scored and torn, repaired by time and will, patched by force of character, yet fragile and rickety forevermore, no matter how ferocious the defense and how many bricks you bring to the wall.
We can argue about Don Draper, his vices and virtues, but in the end, we love him, we care about what happens to him, we want him to find peace, not because he’s a good human being (he isn’t), but because he, like us, is alone.
I need to start throwing themed parties. And being able to articulate things like this.
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