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About Bobbi Lurie

Bobbi Lurie is the author of three poetry collections: Grief Suite, The Book I Never Read, and Letter from the Lawn. Her work has appeared in numerous print and on-line journals, including Otoliths, New American Writing, E-Ratio, Counterexample, The American Poetry Review and Big Bridge. Dancing Girl Press will be publishing her chapbook, “to be let in the back porch,” later this year. Her fiction can be found, or is forthcoming, in Noir, Dogzplot, Pure Slush, Wilderness House Literary Review, Melusine, Camroc Press Review and others. Her essays have been published in Gnosis, Inner Directions, Wordgathering, The Santa Fe Reporter, Craft International and other publications in the U.S. and Great Britain.


  1. Can we get more Don Draper stories on this site please? Theres only been 6 in the past 3 days.

    • We’re having a themed section for the premiere. I liked this one by Bobbi Lurie a lot.

      I think it’s worth talking about that we’re all so into a guy that none of us seem to like.

  2. QuantumInc says:

    This is what people forget about Don Draper, that even if you set aside the fact that he’s a fictional character, almost everything about him is a lie. People might look to him for an example of masculinity that can’t be faked, but the whole point of the show is that he is indeed faking it all.

    How totally awesome would it be to be Don Draper?! Not awesome at all, it apparently kinda sucks.

  3. “What we inherited from Don Draper is plastered all over Facebook, Twitter and countless blogs of self-promotion.”

    Ah, so true! I hate to admit my guilt in this as well. I have bought Don Draper’s product.

  4. Hot damn. The more I read about this jackass character, the more repulsive he becomes.

    Why, exactly, is everyone fixated on this vile critter? You can’t really call him a man because it sounds like he has zero positive relationships with any other male, including his own self.

    It’s just an… it.

  5. Sylvia Schwartz says:

    Part of our fascination with Don is that he has a self-destructive nature, he doesn’t care about the consequences. The viewer sees only the boldness of these outlandish actions, actions they would never dream of taking themselves, and admire him for taking them. Yes, we know he’s troubled — and unhappy — but we choose not to focus on that, instead waiting to see what he’ll do next, like watching a wildly funny drunk and knowing we don’t have to wake up with the hangover.

  6. Bobbi Lurie says:

    I feel a need to follow up on the piece I wrote above about Don Draper.

    I am surprised and saddened that reviews I’ve found, so far, of Episode One of Season Five, seem to be positive.

    My opinion: that show was terrible.

    Episode One of Season Five of Mad Men was a shockingly bland, socially unaware, sequel to something great, which can never return. The spell is broken. Writers matter. Matthew Weiner single-handedly destroyed a cultural icon and took away, from some of us, the only television show we could stand to watch.

    Matthew Weiner turned Don Draper into a Stepford Husband.

    The racism in this show was beyond offensive and the characters’ lack of awareness of The Civil Rights Movement or The Vietnam War was ugly.

    The characters in Season Five of Mad Men are characturtures of characturtures of self-centered, self-created, artificial images, which no longer work.

    Don Draper is dead. The end of an era.

  7. Very interesting article. Thanks for posting it. When you say that Don Draper has turned into a Stepford husband, do you mean that he is completely dominant? In the town of Stepford, there were Stepford wives who were so happily submissive. So that means that in the town of Stepford, there had to be Stepford husbands who were so happily dominant.

  8. Bobbi Lurie says:

    Marie, no. I meant he was happily submissive. (I didn’t know historical facts. He just seemed like the man version of the woman tragedy.) Megan is Delilah to Don’s-once-Samson. She was answering to “the philistines” and wouldn’t let it go until she found out Don’s secret strength. She found out his secret. She knows how to cut at it, like a scissors to hair. Suddenly, he’s weak. Rather than letting Don die, in a dignified way, “they” (the “writers”) ate away at everything that made Don Draper=Don Draper. We are left with this shell of a man who smiles too much. My face hurt after the two hours of (probably) mirroring facial expressions projected from T.V. set.

  9. You want to maybe give it more than one episode before you declare the whole thing irredeemably ruined? I remember feeling like season 4 wasn’t up to scratch until “The Suitcase” aired.

  10. Bobbi Lurie says:

    You are right, Joe. For me episode three was the redemption you refer to.

  11. Bobbi Lurie says:

    Metrosexy–well, it’s over now. Last episode last night. Here’s a writer from Slate who calls it as it is:

  12. bobbi Lurie says:

    Metrosexy–well, it’s over now. Last episode last night. Here’s a writer from Slate who calls it as it is:


  1. Metrosexy says:

    [...] You might have thought, that now we are onto the fifth season of Mad Men, the media would have calmed down about this ‘retrosexual’ TV show. Not a bit of it. The new series has been greeted with the usual giggling excitement from UK papers such as The Guardian, and the American website, the Good Men Project. [...]

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