Film Kill Your Darlings begins in the early 1940s, with Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) surprising his poet father with the news that he has been accepted into New York’s Columbia University. His mother’s mental issues have forced him to grow up fast but Ginsberg is still unworldly, and a chance meeting with fellow student Lucien Carr opens his eyes to a world of strong drugs, freeform jazz and, most confusing of all, sex. Carr is a guru of sorts, giving Ginsberg new and subversive ideas about art and literature, but behind him at all times hovers the spectre of David Kammerer (Michael C Hall), a much older man – an obsessed and mysterious “guardian angel” – ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: A Singular Vision

Episode 308    Apr 13th 2014

Like many of the listeners of the Cocktail Nation I just love mid-century modern architecture. This week we talk of a giant of MCM in that of Harry Seidler. We talk men’s accessories along with the passing of a Hollywood legend. There’s some new releases to be checking out and I have some of the best parties from across the globe to attend.

Readable It’s off to the kitchen with author James M Kraus author of Jet Age Cooking for the Bachelor Gourmet. Pour a Manhattan to savour while you create Steak Diane, Spaghetti Maria Grazia, Filet of Beef à la TWA and other classic Jet Age cuisine. Available in the US, UK, EU and Japan, the book’s recipes display measurements and temperatures in all popular international formats. It is a full-color multimedia work specifically designed for the iPad that takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the e-book format. This book is targeted to the sophisticated Man About Town who cooks for pleasure ( continue reading... )


Readable In the middle of the twentieth century, fear and paranoia were ingrained into the subconscious of every American. The 1957 launch of the Sputnik satellite had Americans wary of Soviet attack from the skies. And the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 assured the world that Soviet Premier Khrushchev was serious in his threat when he said “We will bury you.” The spectre of mutually assured ( read more... )

Readable The Golden Age of Las Vegas has been over for quite some time. If you don’t count auxiliary members like Shirley MacLaine, Buddy Greco, or Angie Dickinson, the last member of The Rat Pack, Joey Bishop, passed away in 2007. He outlived Frank by 9, Dino by 12, Sammy by 17, and Peter by 23 years. Even the buildings, which are supposed to outlive those ( read more... )

Ultra Swank We want to know who our readers are! Show yourselves! Take a picture of yourself with a sign saying “I’m an Ultra Swank MAD MAN” (or “MAD WOMAN”) and submit it to us on our Facebook page wall! Dress your best. Be your swankest. And be creative! The winner will receive a brand new copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. Here’s how to enter: ( read more... )

Readable Paradigm shift. If you could boil down into a phrase what Mad Men is about, it would be “mid-century paradigm shift.” Mad Men explores it on the large scale: Clueless about how to sell coffee to young adults, the men of Sterling Cooper attempted to shoehorn the Port Huron Statement into their ad campaign. They completely missed the point because the cultural paradigm was changing. ( read more... )