America’s Next Top Model

I googled it and I can’t believe no one is talking about Mame’s non-mother mother. (Others probably can’t believe I watch this show.) The scenes of them together are painful to watch. I feel for Mame. Not to demonize the mother, we all have our strengths and weaknesses (I’m positive I would have been a terrible mother!).

I wish I had written down this one exchange, the most poignant and sad one. Mame opened up to her mother, said something about their relationship and seeing her again (they often didn’t see each other for years at a time). Her mother said nothing. So Mame prompted her, saying something like, “What do you think about that?” And her mother said something non-responsive, like “That’s nice.” She gave absolutely nothing back. Like, “I missed you honey, it’s great to be able to spend time with you like this.” She was completely flat. Poor Mame.

Our choir director John Maclay rehearses the orchestra for our holiday concert.

Choral Society Rehearsal

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “America’s Next Top Model

  1. My husband had a strained relationship with his father – all his father’s fault. One day we were visiting his parents and my husband asked his father, in these words, “Do you like me, Dad?” And his father thought for a moment and then said, “I don’t dislike you.” My husband said after that he actually felt a burden lift at that moment. That exchange meant he was free to stop trying to get his father’s affection. It was painful in the extreme.

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