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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino Now streaming on Netflix In its heart of hearts, Gilmore Girls is a frustrated musical. There certainly have been theatrical flourishes throughout—as Maddy Myers points out in her essay from The Mary Sue, aiding my only-casual knowledge of the initial seven seasons, original showrunners Daniel and Amy-Sherman Palladino erected several shows-within-shows, powered with the energy of “embarrassingly genuine community theatre.” Last year, Sherman-Palladino—a...
I am basically Rory Gilmore. I switched to private school my junior year. I read in library corners instead of talking to other children. And, perhaps most importantly, I grew up in the small Connecticut town of Mystic, complete with an antique drawbridge that went up and down to let the sailboats through, a pizza restaurant that inspired a Julia Roberts flick, and a tiny record store filled with classic vinyl from ‘70s Brit-pop...
In years past, just as with film, Fall was the prestige season for television. This perhaps reached its peak in the mid-2000s, when ABC released Lost, featuring a pilot directed by J.J. Abrams, a killer cast, a beautiful locale, and an addicting premise. A decade later, though, and the biggest show on TV is HBO's Game of Thrones, which enjoys its 10-episode run typically in the spring through early summer, and for its final two...
I will not forgive you. Not ever. Not ever until I’m dead. Not even then. I’m almost 9 years old. I’m hopelessly clumsy. I get a lot of bruises that summer even though I am more careful. Somebody does something unforgivable. I decide not to talk about it. There are other things that are easier to say. I’m 14 years old. My hips grow over break and when I put my school skirt on it rips...

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