25 March 2007
2 in good company
my mum doesn't like tabloids. she's never read them. as a kid she was told that they were "dirty" and she vividly remembers frowning at my beloved movie magazines. what i see as serialized archetypal feminist narratives, she's always seen as trash.
thus, my mum's obsessive interest in this whole anna nicole smith business came as quite the shock. i'm a tabloid enthusiast and, even for me, the novelty waned fast. i can't begin to fathom what is arresting her attention.
a recent spate of family travels, extracurriculars, and old folks drama has necessitated many a marathon phone call over the past few weeks and each of these calls has been punctuated by periodic breaking anna nicole news.
i often forget that the tabloids have pervaded our whole silly world and begin to fear that my logic alone has been grossly skewed. then my mum begins a sentence with, "according to star and the national enquirer..." and responds to my derision of them as "excellent authorities" with the defensive retort, "well, geraldo thinks so!"