During the last six months of 2021, I managed to get 10,000 words written of a novel-length story idea that’s been percolating in the back of my head for more than twenty years. Since I average 250 words per printed page (double-spaced, 12-point type), that’s forty pages. Not a bad start. These forty pages are […]Read more "A Story is Born (or: a brief digression about fiction writing, idea generation, and Gilmore Girls)"
I’m not surprised that I like Mrs. Maisel. Of course I knew it was a multiple Emmy-winning show before I watched the first episode, but there have been Emmy-winning shows that I didn’t particularly care for. Just like the Academy Award isn’t a guarantee that I will like a movie. No, I knew I would […]Read more "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 — a review"
I’m not sure why anyone who hadn’t already watched Gilmore Girls would watch Netflix’s revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I feel certain that a newcomer to the series wouldn’t get the same enjoyment out of these four 90-minute movies (broken into the four seasons) that I did, But, if you were a […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – Netflix Original: a review"
There’s a great deal of hate for the last season of Gilmore Girls. I stumbled upon that by accident, and it puzzled me at first. Then I found out that this was mainly due to the fact that creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino were no longer a part of the series because Warner Bros […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: Season 7 — a review"
Mother. No, I’m not about to launch into a Danzig or Pink Floyd song. I also didn’t write the word because it’s part of some offensive slang burned into my wallet. (That was a Pulp Fiction reference, in case I’m being too oblique.) It’s just that it’s the specific word that occurred to me while […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: Season 6 — a review"
Amy Sherman-Palladino and the other great minds behind Gilmore Girls know how to write characters that you grow to care about. That’s what keeps me watching this series, which is a veritable Masters class on characterization. Towns such as Stars Hollow, Connecticut, do not exist. They’ve probably never existed except on shows like this one, […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: Season 5 — a review"
Season 4 of Gilmore Girls is all about transitions. Lorelai has quit her job at the Independence Inn in order to follow her dream of opening the Dragonfly Inn with her friend, the chef Sookie. Throughout much of the season, Lorelai is dealing with the trials and tribulations of getting a new business off […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: Season 4 – a review"
Reaching the end of the third season of Gilmore Girls has left me with mixed emotions. Oh, I still love the show. I can’t recommend it nearly enough for people interested in watching, or creating, character-driven narratives. This show is my best evidence that my attention can be kept without over-the-top violence, explosions, shootouts, […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: Season 3 – a review"
It bothers me when Gilmore Girls is referred to as a “chick series.” I am an older man (I shuddered a little when I wrote the word “older,” but I guess it’s true), middle-aged only if I live into my 100s, which looks doubtful. While my testosterone levels may be lower than when I was […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: Season 2 — a review"
Gilmore Girls is another one of those shows that you might think, judging a book by its comic book cover, that I wouldn’t be inclined to watch. And, you are right. Or, at least you were for the series’ entire run. I was able to somehow not watch a single episode during its entire seven-season […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: Season 1: a review"