Is ‘Mad Men’ The Greatest Novel Of Our Time? [Headlines]

Is ‘Mad Men’ The Greatest Novel Of Our Time? [Headlines]

Does 'Mad Men''s use of literary techniques in its TV series make it the greatest novel of our time?

Caroline Ku
  • 22 august 2011

I ask the above question at least halfway in earnest, and also as an excuse to write about Mad Men. (The season premiere has been delayed by contract disputes, so I have to get my fix somehow.)

Mad Men is the Russian novel of TV shows. Its power derives partly from the dramatization of large-scale historical events, but mainly from the slow accumulation of meticulous slice-of-life vignettes. It’s paced unevenly and plotted like a soap opera, but the depth of its character studies and the quality of its dialogue surpass anything else on television. Austin Allen/Big Think.

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