When I say whatever was showing next, I mean whatever. Here's a list from a letter I received from her 10 years ago:
I too saw "Chicken Run" I liked it very much. I've also seen "Rocky and Bullwinkle" "Cowboys in Space"* "The Perfect Storm" "The Kid" "What Lies Beneath" You can tell what I've been up to besides working at the club."**
Over the years, I have received crazy movie reviews from her. Here are a selection:
- Just watched a movie on VCR--"Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" Funny it was. "Sibling Rivalry" next.
- Saw "Leaving Las Vegas"--Nicolas Cage--terrible.
- "Out of Sight"--Jennifer Lopez--fun!
- Went to see "Notting Hill"--Hugh Grant--Julia Roberts--pretty.
If you are having trouble reading these, it's because you've never met her. She could have invented stream of consciousness writing if the modernists hadn't been there first. Witness:
Hi! Nikki sorry I forgot about this at Sam's graduation you should have reminded me--just ask honey anytime--remember me I'm your grandma. Hope you and Mark are O.K.--nice party--Everyone here is fine--received your note about walking--Take care of yourself--be good. Love,
I'm thinking she sent me a check but I'm not sure if it was for walking (I did a lot of AIDS walks in the early 90s) or what. Maybe my parents 25th anniversary party which would have been the previous month? If it's for walking, how come the reference to that is at the end? Hard to say, but my favorite part is "remember me I'm your grandma." If I didn't know her better I'd say early dementia.
The letter with the long list of movies also contains the gem, "I still go to eat at 'The Modern' I hardly cook--lazy."
Even the dude looks forward to her missives.
Next Monday, I'll be spending time with Maggie. Maybe I'll do a little interview or something. You have any questions for her? Need any advice? Leave a comment and let me know.
*Or Space Cowboys as it is known to the rest of us. Perhaps a conflation with Pigs in Space?
**I'm using her punctuation. Forgive me if you find it confusing.