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A Lovely Reminder About the Nature of Inspiration

I came across this Twitter post the other day while doing some research for the Winnie Holzman chapter of "So Beautiful it Hurts: The Making of My So-Called Life," and let out a little laugh of joy for a couple of reasons.

First, it reminded me of Winnie's reaction during one of our discussions when I expressed my surprise that great TV writers such as herself can be fans of other shows. (She'd been expressing her love of "The Good Wife" and "The Good Fight" at the time.) This was her response:

"Everyone who really does this, most of us are passionate fans.... There are certain TV shows where I’m just in awe. I’m looking at them and I’m going, ‘Oh my God, I love this so much and thank you for making this – this is so good.’ Like the way I feel about Lin-Manuel Miranda. Obviously millions of people feel that way about him. But when you see that level of thrilling talent and you see what an artist he is and how great his work is, of course you’re a passionate fan; how could you not be?"

And of course the second source of delight was the reference to "Krakow poetry." I can only think this is a reference to the famous letter Brian Krakow wrote to Angela (as Jordan) in Ep. 19 "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities":

"I know in the past I've caused you pain, and I'm sorry. And I'll always be sorry till the day I die. And I hate this pen I'm holding because I should be holding you. I hate this paper under my hand because it isn't you. I even hate this letter because it's not the whole truth. Because the whole truth is so much more than a letter can even say. If you wanna hate me, go ahead. If you wanna burn this letter, do it. You could burn the whole world down. You could tell me to go to hell – I'd go if you wanted me to. And I'd send you a letter from there."

Hopefully somewhere there is a clip of Lin-Manuel Miranda reciting this – one fan paying homage to another...

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