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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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