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1. The first season of Mad Men, the award-winning AMC series, was this month’s most popular DVD pick, and it’s easy to understand why: The drama, set at a 1960s-era New York ad agency, uses excellent storytelling, superb visual style, and dynamite acting to keep you hooked. Start getting ready for season two! To read the original e-mail, click here.

2. Diane Keaton is featured in one of our most popular picks for June — as a curator. The actress bought the archives of the Bill Wood Photo Company, a defunct Ft. Worth commercial-photography studio from the 1950s and ’60s. In her book Bill Wood’s Business, Keaton has turned these unabashedly utilitarian images into unwitting art. To read the original e-mail, click here.

3. It’s photography month! Photographer Jack Radcliffe’s haunting portfolio Alison was June’s most popular Web choice. Documenting the life of his daughter from infancy to adulthood, the stunning series of black-and-white photos walks a fine line between exquisite and intrusive as Alison grows from thoughtful child to striking punk teenager to introspective adult. To read the original e-mail, click here.

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