It’s Been A Mad World Since At Least 1915

We just finished watching Season 5 of Mad Men, and I also happened to run into the Wallace Stevens poem Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock when I was flipping through Camille Paglia’s book Break, Blow, Burn. My mind made the connection between the two:

Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock

The houses are haunted
By white night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches tigers
In red weather.

I won’t say too much (except I have a distinct vision of Pete Campbell’s house in the ‘burbs when I read this, the men on the train, and also Don’s former home amongst other things) but rather will let you all think about it. I will also say that I have my socks of lace on 🙂

Mad Men uses books so well to reveal details about the times and characters. This Mad Men Reading List by a librarian at the New York Public Library  is so, so, so great on so many levels. One more thing: if this show makes you want to dress in Banana Republic clothing and have a cocktail party, you are missing the point. Or you are, albeit 50 years later, the point. Help!

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