How the debt deal fell apart, cartooning history and Mad Men

What The Daily Circuit staff has been looking at this week:

Kryssy Pease - I'd say this is about as good a piece of reporting one can do when there is no particular "truth" to be found. And author Matt Bai closes with a super interesting point of view on future negotiations. And take a look at this. (Safe for work, don't worry.).

Meggan Ellingboe - Zou Bisou Bisou was the most remembered event of the season premiere of Mad Men. However, the opening scene was literally written by a real life event. Season five shows us that the Mad Men characters will finally face the realities of race in the 60s along with the realities of a continued war and women's changing role in the workplace. The 60s were a true cultural shift, and I look forward to seeing where the season goes as the characters develop. Mad Men can't address everything, but as an art form, it can give us an honest look back into history.

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(The cast and crew of 'Mad Men' during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Maddy Mahon - Here's my pick for the week, which is in no way newsy but is awesome nonetheless. Kate Beacon is an amazing cartoonist who makes hilarious comic strips reimagining famous historical figures and events. While they're occasionally NSFW, they are always smart and entertaining.

Tom Weber - This video proves we can all get along.

Emily Kaiser - A little late on this one, but just read The New Yorker's piece on the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers student.

And here's a kid falling asleep while skiiing:

Alex DiPalma - A little more Mad Men.

Reading all of the Mad Men recaps the day after the show is almost as enjoyable as watching the show itself. I'm always partial to the NYMag recaps and this one didn't disappoint. It's somehow validating to know that there are so many other people who read as deeply into each scene as I do.

Bonus material: transcript of Matthew Weiner on Fresh Air. I love reading about his interpretation of certain moments in the show and hearing how obsessive he is. Also: who knew that Creepy Glen is his son? 

Chris DallMy pick of the week, because I'm a sucker for best albums list. Some of the choices on this list are odd (Stone Roses? Seriously?) but it's an interesting list.

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