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C’mon over and talk Mad Men with us. You know you want to.

We’ve talked about it in here, and they talk about it more in the ‘best of’… how Pete really does have a nose for the future. He consistently either has or recognizes a great idea. Only no one knows it but him. And, well, us, because of how we know how it turns out.

In the pilot, he suggests the ‘death wish’ idea that Don had vehemently dismissed, and everyone is horrified. But really, what do we think the symbolism behind Marlboro Country is?

He pitches the very excellent Bethlehem Steel tagline, the Backbone of America.

During a discussion about how to angle Israel tourism, Pete says, “Maybe we should try and exploit the danger, instead of fighting it. Travel as adventure.” This idea, while not being actively shot down by Don, was skimmed over.

He was the only one who liked the Volkswagen ad, which pissed everyone off. He recognizes the hip factor of Kennedy, calling him Elvis. The way I saw that, he wasn’t comparing the people, but the potential (and eventual) phenomenon of Kennedy to that of Elvis.


For the absolute spirgins among you, this will all go below the fold. (more…)

Collection Basket–BoK posts this week


On the corner in front of my office building; I kid you not. A co-worker told me about it. A) I don’t often come that way and B) it faces the street, so unless I was coming back from Hale and Hearty Soup (yum) I would never have seen it.

I miss the sillouhette look, but S2 needed its own campaign.

by rkl

Collection Basket–BoK posts this week

  • We started a countdown.
  • We are sharing our Season Two fantasies.
  • Look. It’s been an unusual week here at the Basket. We posted for the healing of a little girl; our friend, Orien Rose. Many times. And you guys were rock stars. Thank you.
  • But also? The New York Times was also a rock star. Chock full o’Mad Men, and tipped us off to so many S2 promotional goings on. Honestly? There was so much happening that Deb had to do a mid-week round up. And then we went and posted images from the beautiful Advertising Age insert as well!
  • In the meantime, we managed to have an interesting discussion around the topic of Peggy’s gradual change from a girl who can have a good time into All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy.
  • Know-it-alls are annoying? Not so much.
  • Deb Bond-blogged about 1962 & Dr. No

Kisses on the Lipps

  • A blog called Beyond the Roots of Lounge linked to BoK, having the nerve to call us ‘obsessed sisters’. I mean okay, hard to argue, countdown, fine, Season Two fantasies, okay, but still. I’m not 100% sure what this blog is about (and the ‘about’ section was not functioning) but it seems to be sorting out culture from pop culture, and seems to like Mad Men a lot.
  • Maureen Ryan of the Watcher offers a piece on S2 photos, and while she’s at it, gives us mad props. No pun intended.
  • And just, y’know, a shout out. So many of you posted for Orien Rose and linked back to us. This little section is self-aggrandizing by its very structure, it would be uncool to take credit, somehow, for these individual links back to us when it ain’t about us. Thank you, thank you, thank you all. And to the many people who corresponded with us about this privately. I spoke to her last night, and she goes home today. Thank you. Thank you.
  • GALACTICA SITREP strays way off-topic, (’cause we’ve never done that!) to talk about S2 of MM, and post all them cool videos. And not just because she they loves us, but because we’re cool, (??) we get a sweet mention. (Okay, I have been corrected. Because I thought it was our pal Erica who wrote it, and I thought that because I didn’t do that thing where you look at the author. But the lovely and talented Logan Gawain wrote me and gently corrected me.)

Behind the Scenes at BoK

From the Watcher, one more photo we hadn’t yet unearthed. Below the fold… (more…)

I’ll put it below the fold, because it’s rough; it’s a kid who’s kind of puffy and covered with hospital garnishing. To those of us who know and love her, it’s a beautiful sight. The family is happy to have this posted, and express, again, their gratitude. (more…)

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