July 10, 2013
On the David Suskind show (as filmed in the Mel Brooks documentary on “Amercan Masters”), Mr. Suskind asked Mel about his childhood relationship with his mother, knowing Mel had spent a few years in therapy. We know how the answer usually goes. Mel replied, “I liked my mother. I loved my mother. If I could, I would go skinny-dippy with my mother.”
My relationship with my mother, as reported extensively in THE PROVIDER, falls into this camp. I sometimes think “it’s a cheat ” to dump on our parents, to victimize ourselves into finding writing material. Deja vu, deja vu, deja vu.
I am currently reading a memoir by Helen Selwig (not in public distribution, but rather for her family and friends) in which the writer had a perfectly delightful childhood and knew it. It’s in the writing that makes it pure champagne.
Good for Mel Brooks.