“If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves,” poet Emily Dickinson once said, and designing a cheeky narrative surrounding her young life is absolutely no different. The AppleTV+ comedy “Dickinson” is tonally unlike most rooted-in-biography television series–a ribald, purposefully anachronistic creation, where men call each other “bro” and “dude” set against a pristine, period-specific backdrop yielding a true fidelity to the lives of its subjects, especially headstrong young Emily (Hailee Steinfeld). It’s not for nothing that half of the cast of Netflix’s “Big Mouth” has appeared on the show at some point.
But production designer Neil Patel insists that history always informs the creators. “Every show has its rules, and then the rules are meant to be broken. Our rule