Is anyone else devastated by the end of Mad Men? Last Sunday’s series’ finale was, for the most part, a solid finish for my favourite show on television ever. But how to fill the gaping hole in our hearts now that it’s gone?
Watch The Sopranos, where Mad Men showrunner, Matthew Weiner, cut his teeth as a staff writer.
Read this trio of mid-century male authors: John Cheever, John Updike, and Richard Yates. Or for a more female version of the 1960s, try The Group, by Mary McCarthy, published in 1963. It follows the lives of eight Vassar graduates, known simply to their classmates as “the group”.
If you’re more interested in Nonfiction, read Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 60s and Beyond, by Jane Maas or The Long Winded Lady, by Maeve Brennan.
For something truly authentic, check out the New York Public Library’s comprehensive list of all the books that have appeared on Mad Men, by season and episode. Or try another list of books seen on the show organized by character.
You might also want to peruse The Millions’ 10 Books to Read When Man Men is Over.
Whatever you do, know that I am with you in grief over this colossal cultural loss. I, for one, am just going to start watching it again, starting with season one.