Links For May 23, 2015

The Time Machine: The History of Mad Men by James Poniewozik

“Part of my intention when I pitched the show,” Weiner told me on my earlier visit to the set, “was, Wouldn’t it be amazing to do 10 or 12 years of these people’s lives, have the actors age that amount? And immediately, no matter how many bad things happen that first season, you will see Peggy and have nostalgia for her first day at work because you knew her then. That’s why I love that definition [from the “Carousel” scene], about nostalgia being the pain from an old wound. There is a pleasure in sort of picking at that.”


Mad Style: Person to Person

We kept checking this scene for connections in the costuming until we realized, there really aren’t any because these two people have different goals. Still, there was something really cute about the whole scene, from their easy rapport, to Joan’s glasses, to Kevin – who really is an adorable kid – watching Sesame Street, to their bright and focus-pulling outfits. Peggy’s very business-like and Joan’s wearing a style she’d never wear in the office, which makes us assume that this is her stay-at-home-mom look.


'Mad Men' Series Finale: Matthew Weiner Explains, Character Surprises and What's Next

I did hear rumblings of people talking about the ad being corny. It’s a little bit disturbing to me, that cynicism.... Five years before that, black people and white people couldn’t even be in an ad together! And the idea that someone in an enlightened state might have created something that’s very pure — yeah, there’s soda in there with a good feeling, but that ad to me is the best ad ever made, and it comes from a very good place.


B. B. King, Defining Bluesman for Generations, Dies at 89

B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89.


Taylor Swift (ft. Kendrick Lamar), “Bad Blood”


Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, “Feeling Myself”