The Mark Twain House and the Mayflower inn

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In the run-up to Gilmore Girls’ release on Netflix tomorrow, Vulture has posted some great Gilmore articles, including an interview with Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls.

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Of particular interest were Amy’s comments on the Mark Twain house – or more specifically, where she stayed when they went to visit the Mark Twain house:

Amy: …we were kind of obsessed with the shit that Mark Twain did in his house, so we were like, Let’s fly to Mark Twain’s house because it’s creaky. So we went to Connecticut, and we stayed at this inn… and the concierge was a French woman, and I went up to the room, and I said to my husband, “What if I placed the show, like, here? Like, in this place?” He goes, “Sure, why not?” And I sat down, and I got out the pad from the hotel, and I literally wrote, like, the first three scenes of Gilmore Girls on the pad. The inn is called the Mayflower. It’s now gotten a lot fancier.

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Now this struck me like a lightning bolt for a couple of reasons.  First, because I worship that spark of inspiration that flows from a single-minded creator – like Jim Henson with the Muppets and Aaron Sorkin with The West Wing, they bring these wonderful creations to life – and like Gilmore Girls, their creations suffered after their creators departed.  Could you imagine a series of Buffy without Joss Whedon?  I’m dry retching just thinking about it.  These shows are expressions of that one person’s soul.  A lot of people help to bring them to fruition, but without that person, there’s simply no show.

That’s the Mayflower in the photo above.  The birthplace of Gilmore Girls.  Which leads me to the second reason… without knowing any of the above, I’d already earmarked the Mayflower Grace as a possible location to convene a meeting of sorts, just because it’s in Washington Depot.  Actually on Woodbury Road.  I might need to sell a kidney (or two) to stay there, but now it’s a pilgrimage.

Read Amy’s interview at Vulture here and catch Gilmore Girls on Netflix from tomorrow!!

Will you be re-watching on Netflix?  Has anyone carved their (craftily reversed) initials into the sideboard at the Mayflower Grace?  And who wants to start the spitball rolling for a Gilmore Girls convention in 2015 – a Stars Hollow Con, if you will?

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Rich

Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

8 thoughts on “The Mark Twain House and the Mayflower inn

  • September 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm
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    My friend and I have already planned our Saturday for the 24-hour Gilmore Girls re-watch of 2014, filled with pizza, coffee, brownies, and many other L+R approved snacks.
    As for a Stars Hollow Con, YES PLEASE. I would do anything to have this convention come to fruition!

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  • October 2, 2014 at 2:43 am
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    I’d love to attend a Gilmore Girls convention. Not sure I could afford the trip, though.
    I agree: you can’t remove the creator from his creation and expect no consequences. The Simpsons without Matt Groening? The Beatles without John Lennon? Sandman without Neil Gaiman? Not interested, sorry, I don’t even want to imagine it.
    I’m glad to see GG on Netflix, but since I have the dvd’s, I don’t really think I’ll be watching it. I’ll keep with
    the occasional favorite episodes here and there.
    I’ve read the ASP interview from Vulture. Funny how she still sounds like she’s Tommy Lee. The lady loves to swear. Also loved their “who’s worst: Lorelai or Rory” piece. I’m always amazed to realize just how awful these characters were. And yet, we can’t help loving them. That’s genius.

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  • October 5, 2014 at 7:54 am
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    I would pay good money for a Gilmore Girls convention, spin-off, movie etc!

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  • October 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm
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    Hello Emily & AmeenaP :O) Cool beans, I’m making lists. Dany, I’ve got a half-written piece somewhere about whether you’d actually want Lorelai as a pal – or maybe I posted it already, my memory isn’t the best these days. On the bright side, re-watching feels like the first time again ;O)

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  • October 9, 2014 at 11:48 pm
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    Hey Rick, is that the one where you compared Lorelai and Homer Simpson (both very funny on tv, but probably a nightmare in real life)? I remember reading that. And wholeheartedly agreeing.

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    • October 10, 2014 at 2:49 am
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      Wow thanks Dany :D You’re promoted to official club secretary ;) lol Homer Simpson ^^

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  • January 14, 2015 at 8:13 am
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    It would be great if there would 6 more episodes written to conclude this series. Now that Edward Herreman has passed, that would be the theme. Dealing with the mom and getting her to move on and intertwining Rory and Lorelai and other characters how their lives have been. Just a thought.

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  • January 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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    I’d be happy with 6 more minutes Kim :O)

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