The tao of Don: 17 pop-cultural predecessors to Mad Men

When Mad Men premiered in the summer of 2007, it was greeted as the new standard for innovation and inventiveness in TV drama. But as its advertising executives would attest, the work is never without its inspirations and influences. Just as Bye Bye Birdie begat “Hello Patio,” dozens of pieces of pop culture walked…

Sickbed successes: 20 great works created by the gravely ill

A note to idlers and procrastinators everywhere: The next time you think you don’t have the energy to “deal,” think of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the French writer who wrote his memoir by using only his left eyelid. After suffering a massive stroke at the age of 44, the editor-in-chief of the French edition of Elle awoke…