A My Private Coney project Flash non-fiction, brief moments and old memories of a city and mother's emotional and physical real estate disappearing at the speed of heartbreak.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Guest Artist Ben Kushner: ...But You Can't Take The Moxy Out Of The Bronx Girl
Before it was "Fame" and before it became LaGuardia, Ben and I went to Performing Arts High School together. His mom, Eleanor, now 91, was born at 2083 Clinton Avenue in the Bronx (near Morris Heights). He shares his journey with Eleanor in Her New York.
The ensuing conversation after urging Eleanor to "behave so that the staff will be nice to you”.
Mom: Have I been good?
Ben: Well, you know what Mae West used to say.
Mom: Come up and see me some time.
Ben: Well, yes, she said that too. But she also said “When I’m good I’m really good. But when I’m bad, I’m even better”. And do you know who she said that to in the movies? Cary Grant.
MY PRIVATE CONEY presents IT WAS HER NEW YORK, the short stories that accompany the work-in-progress video and photo collection of the same name (myprivateconey.com - media link - IT WAS HER NEW YORK). The stories and the media explore the tender rubble that holds both my mother, Florence's and New York's soul as one disappears into old age and the other into gentrification. All are real observations and/or experiences with very little tall-tale telling.
Except when it makes the story better.
Please visit myprivateconey.com for additional information and sample works.