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When I watched "In Bruges" with my wife, I said I'd love to go back with her so all my memories of the place will be with her and not my previous family. When I re-visited Minnesota to meet more friends, I went back to several of the places I went to with L. It helped heal the wound, if that makes sense. That way I don't think of some St Paul restaurant as a place of failure or regret.

I have been re-watching "The Marvellous Mrs Maisel" and it is so much fun. If you don't know about it, it's an Amazon Prime series about a New York Jewish housewife getting into stand-up comedy. Miriam (Midge) Maisel is played by Rachel Brosnahan, best known as Rachel Posner in House of Cards. Her 1958 approach to being a perfect housewife doesn't work the way she expected. Every moment Midge is on screen, she shines. She's fun and sarcastic and caring but playfully bratty. She makes a point of knowing the name of all the elevator operators and cabbies. But she worries her daughter's forehead is too big.

All of the supporting characters are brilliant. Tony Shalhoub can do no wrong. Kevin Pollack steals every scene he's in. Alex Borstein (MadTV, Lois Griffin) plays an even more witty but acerbic Village club employee who wants to be her manager.

This is all fun and all, but to get back to the beginning. A show like Marvellous Mrs Maisel is important. Not only because there's a demand for Gilmore Girls dialogue and camera techniques, but because it's great to see love-letter depictions of New York, especially Jewish, which aren't written/directed by that little guy who abused his daughter and married his stepdaughter. Every year I watch Christmas Vacation, I lament how Mae Questel is in one of the funniest film segments of the 80's (Oedipus Wrecks in New York Stories) and I'll never be able to enjoy it again. I'm not Jewish, but seeing New York Jews NOT being in a Woody Allen work is important to me.

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Got TMMM on my Watch List and will binge sometime in the near future. Used part of the first episode as a "video test" for my new Kindle Fire. Based on what I've seen so far, it's a damn good show!

How long did it take you to realize "matching the carpet to the drapes" was going on in the collage flashback? Sorry to say it dawned on me AFTER seeing her blonde. Couldn't figure out what the hell they were doing cause I didn't know people back then would go that far. Even Marilyn Monroe only bleached her head (blonde down under is just a story).

Ha! I didn't realize they were bleaching themselves. I just figured it was some kind of waxing.

The flashbacks are interesting because they aren't in sequence. So her head is only sometimes blonde.

I also didn't realize why ingratiating the Rabbi was so important. I thought they were being social climbers, but they were getting forgiveness for the wedding "joke"

I double checked with Google: bleaching. It's so WEIRD that 50's people, especially a "nice Jewish girl", would do that. Even nowadays, it's an extreme thing to do - so much easier wax/laser/shave.

Scandalous Shrimp. Reading comments elsewhere, somebody pointed out her & the pork chops at the butcher's is in direct conflict with one another - seriously not kosher.

"The Marvellous Mrs Maisel"

Nice thought. I almost might watch it. Maybe I should get a list of "Nice things to watch when you think about it," b/c I always forget.

And nice idea about love letters to NYC that have nothing to do with the child molester/abusive husband.

Re: "The Marvellous Mrs Maisel"

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Eventually, people will forget Manhattan and we can move on.

However, Wallace Shawn DOES make an appearance in Mrs Maisel.

Re: "The Marvellous Mrs Maisel"

That was me.

yeah, its a good show, but WAY jewey. SO Jewey. Ive lived in nyc my whole life, so im fine with it. but i could see people from the midwest or the south being really annoyed by it.

Are you Jewish? I'm concerned it could perpetuate stereotypes. But then, I love how Kevin Pollack gets on his soap box, like how each syllable is a word you know what I mean, like when he brings up "the.thir.teen.he.res.cured. At great personal cost!"

That was me. Apparently I don't log in after my Firefox update


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