Those Lovely Lipps

Here’s the part they didn’t publish:

Thank you so much for your wonderful article about the best show on television! I have rarely seen anything that even approaches the quality of writing, acting, and production that Mad Men delivered for 13 fabulous weeks last summer, and I am breathless waiting for season 2’s premiere.

My sister and I love talking about the show so much that we started a blog (Basket of Kisses) about it. There, we’ve found other obsessed viewers, and together we discuss the complexity and nuance of our favorite characters, cogitate on 1960 and the cultural mileu, contemplate what may come next, examine symbolism, subtext, the motifs of birds and trains, and the departure of the hat from men’s fashion.

…and I signed it with a link to the blog. Darn them.

I am both thrilled and disappointed. Disappointed, because they cut out my references to Basket of Kisses, which sucks, but thrilled to sing the praises of our show:

Most people focus on the beauty and glamour of the period setting, or the smoking/drinking/sexism that seems so ancient and yet is so recent, but the greatness of “Mad Men” (Alex Witchel, June 22) is that people are and always will be people. You can watch a Jane Austen adaptation or a Merchant-Ivory drama and get caught up in the costumes and paraphernalia, but in truth, the fascination lies in how little is different: We still hope and long, deceive and get caught. When the newlywed Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) says he thought marriage would be magical, but instead his wife is “just another stranger,” he is not some 1960 period oddity; he is speaking to all of our childish desires for fulfillment without effort.

The characters of “Mad Men” are flawed, confused and compelling. Just like real people (but better-looking).

Nanuet, N.Y.

The other letters they published about Mad Men were fascinating as well. Go read.

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

(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…)

Last night I dreamed I was watching my new DVD and saw a scene I didn’t recognize.

This is killing me. Because there was a whole scene in my dream, and had I woken up then, I could have described it perfectly. When I was dreaming it, it made perfect sense… like, it fit in between the storyline. Like, for example, a scene where Harry came home and had a fight with Jennifer and she threw him out. Only that wasn’t it.

All I remember is it took place in the office. And that it definitely fit in with the existing episode. And that it was late in the season, like the Harry/Jennifer scenario.

Now, it’s possible that, had I the opportunity to accurately describe the scene, it would make no sense at all, but we won’t know that, cause of how I can’t remember anything else.

What I do remember is that I was outraged at AMC. ‘Cause it turned out there were other edited (not deleted mind you, but edited) scenes that were missing. But I was also excited because I could now see them.

So I think the main thing we’ve learned here is… I might be fucking nuts.

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…)

Lookey here!

…60th Primetime Emmy® Awards’ top ten vote-getters for outstanding drama series… as voted on by the entire Television Academy.

Not that anyone here isn’t expecting the nomination. The thing is, we need the nomination. Because sure, Hollywood is all abuzz, and now the ad world is all abuzz, but what we need? Some frigging red carpet time. We need John Q Public (I cannot believe I just used that) to know who the fuck we are. (Not we, but, y’know, Mad Men). And I’m thinking that win or lose, nothing will take care of that more effectively than Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks telling Joan and Melissa who they’re wearing.

The emmy nominees will be announced at 5:40 a.m. (Whyyy???) on Thursday, July 17. And Christ. I’m a slave to this frigging blog now. Yup. I’ll be watching. My post will be up by 6:00.

Kisses, basketcases!


Don’t come crying to me that you’re being called names.

Not that we ever said it was a vote or fair or anything. But we’re still open to new suggestions, the next Great Idea, or an argument for your favorite.

Names for Basket of Kisses readers, is what I’m going on about, in case you didn’t know.

So far we’re looking at Basketeers, Basketcases, and BoKers.

So like, do you guys need a name? You, the readers, the commenters, the participants. The group that the lurkers aspire to someday de-lurk and become a part of.

Kissers? Madmenites? (how cult-like does that sound!) Baskers?

All the cool kids are doing it.

Deb’s idea, and I kinda blew it off, but yet, here I am posting.

Have at it.

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