Last night, AMC's Mad Men wrapped up its stellar fourth season with Don Draper's fiery death at the wheel of his Cadillac Coupe de Ville. (Just kidding — I haven't watched it yet, don't spoil it.) Now what are you going to do with your Sunday nights? Watch Boardwalk Empire? I have another suggestion: catch up on your reading.
The New York Public Library has been keeping tabs on every book that has made a cameo this season… and the list is quite surprising. It includes two books I couldn't make it through, one I refuse to ever pick up (spoiler: Atlas Shrugged), an F. Scott Fitzgerald book I haven't read, and The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which I just needed an excuse to pick up anyway.
Here's the list:
Meditations in an Emergency – Frank O’Hara
The Best of Everything – Rona Jaffe
Confessions of an Advertising Man – David Ogilvy
Babylon Revisited and Other Stories – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword – Ruth Benedict
Exodus – Leon Uris
Ship of Fools – Katherine Ann Porter
Lady Chatterley's Lover – D.H. Lawrence
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
The Agony and the Ecstasy – Irving Stone
The Group – Mary Mccarthy
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbon
The NYPL also has a bonus list of suggested followup titles, which includes Revolutionary Road, a book about advertising, and A Double Scotch: How Chivas Regal and the Glenlivet Became Global Icons by F. Paul Pacult. Enjoy it with your scotch.