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Gosh, just think of it! Two of my grandest and most enduring obsessions all in the very same quote. Fancy!

Babe Paley had only one fault. She was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect.” — Truman Capote

There is something completely singular, unique, and all-consuming about the relationship between women like me — whose first little girl crushes tend to be not on their manly daddies or boyish Ken dolls, but on guys like Uncle Arthur or Charles Nelson-Reilly — and their legions of beloved gay male friends. I swear to christ, so much do I love and adore them and require their company, creativity, humor and influence…that if I weren’t already married, I would marry each and every one of them — and live happily ever after in a tastefully decorated, Mid-Century cottage by the sea.

So, all my love, respect, gratitude, admiration, and awe…to the gorgeous, glorious, glamorous Godmother and Patron Saint of Fag Hags everywhere: Miss Babe Paley.

Thanks, Saint Babe, for showing us how it’s done — and for putting up with that brilliant, vicious little bitch, Truman, for as long as you did. He was a pain-in-the-ass, true — but man, was he extraordinary…and so were you.

About muffybolding

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 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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