Can a television show’s homage to a particular title be construed as some kind of book review? This GalleyCat Reviews editor believes that perfect harmony between book placement, plot development, and a loyal audience can be a very effective form of literary criticism.
Yesterday Flavorwire reviewed all the books that have made cameo appearances on the beloved television show, Mad Men. Titles mentioned on the show included everything from Exodus by Leon Uris to Ship of Fools by Katherine Ann Porter.
Our favorite Mad Men-approved book is Meditations in an Emergency by the poet Frank O’Hara. When the book appeared on the second season, sales skyrocketed as a new generation explored the classic book of poems.
Below is an excerpt from “Meditations in an Emergency,” via the Poetry Foundation.
“Each time my heart is broken it makes me feel more adventurous (and how the same names keep recurring on that interminable list!), but one of these days there’ll be nothing left with which to venture forth.
“Why should I share you? Why don’t you get rid of someone else for a change?
“I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love.”