the Rolling Stones

50 years after the Rolling Stones started playing together, the band has released a new single, “Doom and Gloom.”

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This is the new column in TNR’s weekly series of "Mad Men" episode recaps. Caution: It contains spoilers. Click here for last week's review. Except for the lamentable absence of Roger Sterling, "The Summer Man" was one of just two true ensemble episodes this season (the debut was the other). Characters that are usually locked into their own narrative boxes broke free and roamed through one another's territory; the show even managed to integrate Don and Betty's worlds, previously as rigidly demarcated as North and South Korea.

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Wishin' and Mopin'

Dusty!: Queen of the Postmods By Annie J. Randall (Oxford University Press, 219 pp., $24.95) We do our best to keep up, those of us tottering into the back of The New Republic's book once a fortnight. So I have my work and my life as well as those of my wife and children. I have revenues to raise and taxes to pay. On Super Bowl Sunday, I cared just about enough to watch the game, though I was more certain to watch Chelsea versus Liverpool, live, in the West Coast morning. I hope to read a couple of books a month. I worry, but I like to have time for doing nothing.

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Life in the Stone Age

Louis Menand: Checks, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

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Beatles Buy-Out

Michael Jackson turns "Revolution" into a commercial jingle.

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Exiles on Easy Street

John Lahr: The bizzare story of the Stones' decadent career.

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The Beatles Considered

Twenty years later, are the Beatles still magical?

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