Afterword

 

“For all his furrowed brows

and ponderous, smoky,

what-does-it-all-mean glances,

Don Draper is the red herring

of Mad Men.

The show’s real action

surrounds his wife, Betty,

played with aplomb by January Jones.

 

The preponderance of evidence

is hard to overlook:

While Don wears the idea

of his own character

as an allegory

for the fallacies and facades

of mid-century America

as easily (and well) as he does his suits,

Betty negotiates it all like

she’s being slowly submerged

in a bath of scalding hot water,

constantly trying to

hold back the screams.

Even in his worst moments,

Don somehow manages

to keep up the old movie-star vibe

and look stylishly askew.

But real life,

like Betty,

is more often

strange

and messy.

 

Jack Nicholson talks
to January Jones,
Interview

 

 

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~ by eaesthete on 07/26/09.

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