I feel somehow comforted that I am in New York City on the day of Elaine Kaufman’s death. This is where she lived — AND, OH, HOW SHE FUCKING LIVED! — and today, at the age of 81, died.
Oddly enough, several hours before I got the email telling me she had passed, we were out sashaying the city and I mentioned to Gregory that I really wanted to go to Elaine’s this evening…but since he wasn’t feeling well, we came home to the East Village so he could rest and get better.
So, I will instead go tomorrow to say goodbye to that awesome old broad in the manner which would have undoubtedly pleased her the very most: By eating an infamously not-so-amazing meal…at her infamously OH-SO-AMAZING joint.
Save us a spot at table 4, Miss Elaine.
Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and hipmama.com. She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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