(Or, A Blog is Born.)


So, I’m a little uncomfortable with this, because it may be crossing over into narcissistic. But I was over in TV Squad. TV Squad’s Bob Sassone has been a fan of and written about Mad Men since the beginning, and I used to follow his write-ups and comment. The show finally has its own category on the site, and Bob is now a reader of ours as well. (And watch for an interview over there with Rich Sommer in a few weeks. We’ll let you know.)

The thing about Basket of Kisses, as you basketcases know, is that we started it after Season One had aired. Pretty much, right after. The first post was basically Peggy? WTF??? only with a better title.

(Actually, pretty funny. I just glanced over at that first post so I could put in the hyperlink, and I absolutely ask the spelled out version of WTF. I am very freaking consistent.)

Okay so my point, and I will make one, and it in fact ties in with my being consistent… it turns out that looking at my profile page in TV Squad, I can (and now, so can you) view all my comments in one place. So, kind of mini-write-ups/reactions to S1 in progress. (more…)

What do you most hope to see in Season 2? What do you fantasize you’ll see?

I’ll start: I really (really really really) want to see Betty have an affair. And I really want to see Don back with Rachel. Not your conventional notion of romance, but Mad Men is not a conventional show.

How about you?

An article in the Montreal Gazette provides this juicy Matthew Weiner quote:

The culture views the ’60s as this kind of golden glory. The election of John F. Kennedy is memorialized as a time of great innocence. And yet, reading the New Yorker from April 1960 and reading the movie reviews in there of Psycho and The Apartment, I thought to myself, ‘This is not a particularly innocent society.’ We forget that the wave of youth and enthusiasm that swept the country then was decided by about 100 votes.

Psycho and The Apartment? Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah. Here’s a Mad Men conversation about The Apartment:

Aw, Red, that’s not how it is. Look, it was crude. That’s the way pictures are now. Did you see that ridiculous Psycho? Hollywood isn’t happy unless things are extreme.

Roger Sterling to Joan Holloway, Long Weekend

What were the big movies of 1960? (more…)

So, here’s what’s going on. We got contacted by someone from AMC (who did not suck in the least, despite all we’ve said about them) regarding some Season Two photos we posted. In our analysis of the photos, we drew some conclusions. Those conclusions were on the cusp of spoilers.

So we pulled them. And we could have pulled them and not mentioned, but you guys are ridiculously smart, and catch, well, everything, and we did not want you not to trust us.

We don’t feel that we trespassed any boundaries. And in fact, having just posted our spoiler policy, we hope you know that we take this stuff seriously.

But we were asked, and asked nicely, to remove them. We don’t want to hurt the show or its viewers. Again, we really don’t think we did, but people are upset; nice, wonderful people who give us this show that we love.

And so, to give the love back, we pulled the photos.

Sincerest kisses–

the Lipp sisters

Welcome to our very first shiny coating of Lipp Gloss… a roundup of what’s been happening around here (the Basket), over the last week (in this case a week-ish; we’re keeping our options open), and also a quick look at who’s been talking about, linking about or even just thinking about the Lipps.

What we’ve been talking about
Thanks to all our brilliant commenters who challenge us and who keep the conversations going. Also, they send us cool stuff and links and tips!!! Thank you.

  • I revealed, admittedly to the soundtrack of some controversy, the episode title of Season Two, Episode One. Our reader Joy told us it is a title of one of those teen surf flicks, so Deb checked it out, and it turns out it is a 1964 film. Interesting…
  • We made some updates to the site, and instituted a BoK spoilers policy.
  • I got incredibly excited about my breakdown of the name Don Draper. And got all snotty with our first troll! Talked about the Dick Whitman name as well.
  • We talked about the Emmy buzz around Mad Men. A coupl’a times!
  • (more…)

    Watch With Kristin has juicy juice.

    First of all, there’s a picture of Christine Hendricks I just can’t decide about. Is that from the lipstick focus group in Babylon, or is that a haircut or new do from Season 2?

    But this is my favorite part:

    For when you launch that Mad Men Wiki, please note that according to Weiner, the characters’ ages circa season one are as follows: Don is “mid-30s,” Betty is 28, Peggy is 20, Joan is “older than Peggy” and Vincent Kartheiser’s diabolical yet darling Pete is 26.

    Because Roberta and I work so hard to figure out the back story, so this is going to be really helpful.

    (in case you are super spoiler conscious…)

    For Those Who Think Young.

    According to Spoiler TV.

    And okay, let’s not obsess and go at it like hawks. Let’s just enjoy it! it’s beautiful.

    And speaking of obsessing, enjoying, and beautiful…

    I call it, My New Wallpaper.

    (And I mean, in my bathroom, not on my desktop.)

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