Mad Men shows us the changes of the river. It shows us a society disrupted by the pill and the civil rights movement and Vietnam. But Don remains the same, forever stuck in his own status quo. For a show obsessed with verisimilitude – every surface is faithful to the period – this might be the most unrealistic thing on the screen.
– Jonah Lehrer ‘Can people change? The case of Don Draper‘
Going to a beautiful, remote place reminds us, above all, how relentlessly interdependent the world is and always has been in supplying pleasures that are, almost by definition, imports.
– Adam Gopnik ‘The coffee of civilization in Iceland‘ The New Yorker