Don Draper’s bookshelf and other Mad Men reading

After seven seasons, and innumerable long, boozy business lunches, the very last episode of 1960s advertising drama, Mad Men, screened last week.

No more of the sharp-suited, advertising wunderkind and human trainwreck, Don Draper. No more of the prickly but talented Peggy Olsen. No more of the dapper and urbane Roger Sterling. No more Pete, Joan, or Betty.

Well this simply will not do. I need something to fill the Jon Hamm-sized hole in my life. Fortunately we have plenty of reading material to keep pining Mad Men fans occupied.

First up are the Mad Men reading lists. Books read by characters, referred to, or quoted from in every episode. We’ve compiled two lists of titles we hold for you to consult for seasons 1 – 4, and 5 – 7 (based on the lists made by the inimitable New York Public Library).

But there are plenty of other options for delving into the world of Don Draper like the following –

Cover of The Real Mad Men The Remarkable True Story of Madison Avenue's Golden Age, When A Handful of Renegades Changed Advertising for EverCover of The golden age of advertising  - the 60sCover of Mad women - The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s and BeyondCover of 60s All-American ads

Vintage cocktails: retro recipes for the home mixologistCover of Miller's collecting the 1960sCover of Mad Men's Manhattan

Cover of Fifty fashion looks that changed the 1960sCover of The 1960sCover of The fashion file

The art of Shag

The works in Shag: The art of Josh Agle have a well-defined aesthetic.  It’s wood panelled interiors and martini glasses. It’s the tiki lounge.  It’s poodles.  It’s mods on scooters. The worlds that Agle creates are at once retro-kitschy whilst entirely modern and 21st century.  And he is full of mischief and surprises.  Just when you think you’re in for another party scene interior peopled with heavily eyelinered women and jauntily quiffed men…in comes a pink elephant with a bottle of Seagram’s and a cocktail shaker…wearing a fez.

It’s the presence of mythical creatures, man sized grasshoppers, yetis and even the rubella virus that keeps the lounge singers, beatniks, and spies in check. A cosmic balance of sorts.

Agle had every intention of being an illustrator, and you can see how “advertising friendly” his work is, but then his original works started to be snapped up by galleries and collectors.  Known as Shag (from joSH AGle) he’s now an industry, with fans able to purchase everything from prints to lunchboxes, calendars to zippos and everything in between.

Agle’s subject matter is very much of the same era as the television series Mad men and one can imagine those angst-laden advertising execs rubbing shoulders with Agle’s boldly coloured bouffant beauties. A new internet toy that lets you Mad Men Yourself has a little bit of the look of Agle’s look but sadly, no pink elephants bearing liquor. Enjoy!