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Beautiful and Claustrophobic: MAD MEN’s Inferno

In many ways, "Mad Men"’s insistence on denying us the pleasure of resolution is the secret to its success and the reason so many of us are hooked on it, despite being frustrated that nothing ever really changes, time and time again. Repetition of experience is electric. It grounds us in the past and connects us to the present.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • June 19, 2013 8:35 AM
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Five Great Moments of Dramatic Irony in MAD MEN

Before postmodernist self-reference, there was dramatic irony: a little wink from the writer that acknowledges the audience. After five seasons of solid storytelling, here are five of "Mad Men"'s greatest moments in dramatic irony.
  • By Olivia Collette
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  • June 14, 2012 8:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: A Death Foretold: Foreshadowing in MAD MEN

"Mad Men"'s season-five death obsession dominated recaps and comments threads throughout the last 12 weeks—with good reason, as it happened.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz, Deborah Lipp, and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 13, 2012 9:30 AM
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MAD MEN RECAP 12: THE PHANTOM

Most nights I watch Mad Men on my living room couch with a computer in my lap. Tonight I watched at a terrific New York City bar, at the Basket of Kisses Season Finale Party, sitting next to Rich Sommer.
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • June 11, 2012 1:38 AM
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AUDIOVISUALCY - MAD MEN Redefined by Online Video: a Roundtable Chat

Part of Audiovisualcy, a column exploring the art and technique of the online video essay.
  • By Jim Emerson, Deborah Lipp, Serena Bramble and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 7, 2012 9:36 AM
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MAD MEN RECAP 11: COMMISSIONS AND FEES

"Everything you think’s going to make you happy just turns to crap."
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • June 4, 2012 1:03 AM
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MAD MEN RECAP 10: THE OTHER WOMAN

"The Other Woman" may be the most disturbing episode of "Mad Men" ever.
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • May 28, 2012 1:36 AM
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  • 36 Comments

MAD MEN RECAP 9: CHRISTMAS WALTZ

In watching "Mad Men" episode 5.10, "Christmas Waltz," my first thought was not about the episode's theme. In fact, at first, a theme didn't emerge. Instead, my first thought was how much fun this episode is.
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • May 21, 2012 1:31 AM
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MAD MEN RECAP 8: DARK SHADOWS

"I’m thankful that I have everything I want, and that no one else has anything better."
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • May 14, 2012 1:12 AM
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MAD MEN RECAP 7: LADY LAZARUS

"But listen to the color of your dreams//It is not leaving, it is not leaving." --The Beatles, "Tomorrow Never Knows."
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • May 7, 2012 1:22 AM
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