Over the past few years, yet another completely original art-form has arisen from African-American culture. Just like gospel, blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, rap, hip-hop, breakdancing, Vogueing, and so much more before it, Footwork — originating straight outta the corners, clubs, and community centers of the south side of Chicago — is poised to shake the world, and is starting to show up in discotheques in London, Paris, and Sydney.
A completely new, original, and electrifying art-form — organically created by the most unemployed, underserved, marginalized, demonized, victimized, incarcerated, forgotten, and reviled amongst us. The world will, of course, co-opt their art, absorb it, dilute it, sanitize it, and exploit the shit out of it for profit. Isn’t that just how it always is? When we see the artificially sassy, wholesome, wide-eyed, button-nosed white kids doing it on the latest Disney Channel original series, the theft will be complete. But for now? THE MOTHERFUCKER IS STILL ALL THEIRS.
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.