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A Companion to Mad Men
on 15 September 2009
Like many people, I became interested in Frank O'Hara's Meditations in an Emergency when it was featured in the second season of the TV series Mad Men. I expected a set of contemplative verses, suitable for reading late at night or during peaceful interludes of the day. Some of the poems do fit into this category; others are like random jottings made during the course of a hectic life, some happy, some sad, some purely whimsical. Mad Men reflects O'Hara's style with its' mix of 1960's jazz age, uncertainties and quiet melancholy. This collection provides a good starting point for both his work and his contemporaries.