Mad Men brings us back to a bygone era, the early 60s, when alcohol flowed freely throughout the working day. (Watch this montage to get up to speed.) An act of historical revisionism, many might think. But, apparently not so. According to a piece in The New York Times, the show basically gets it right. Alcohol was as common in offices as office supplies. And then we have this: Gay Talese, the bestselling author and journalist, remembering the Times newsroom during the same era – a crew barely fit to publish the news that’s fit to print.
Hell, if you talk to some folks working in London today, I bet you could find similar stories. The publishing world is renowned (with personal experience) for getting things done “down the pub” involving (usually) 2 pints.
You know the joke about how to look sober at a publisher’s launch party, don’t you? Stand next to a printer.