Don’s been kicked out and is living in a hotel, Marilyn Monroe is dead, and there are tears everywhere.
Betty, alone at home choring away in S2E09 (Six Month Leave), sits down with a glass of wine and reads Katherine Anne Porter’s Ship of Fools.
Sometimes, the Mad Men reading list gives you a title that is so on the nose, the discussion about the book writes itself.
Ship of fools… Hmmmm. I wonder how that could relate to the series, characters, themes and plot?
You could really take the title of this book and say it’s a direct allegory of those that inhabit Sterling Cooper’s halls. They are fools wandering about trying to navigate their Madison Avenue ship amid storms and calm waters.Continue reading “Agency of fools, the madness of Madison Avenue”