When I was a little brown berry of a girl, growing up in a working class family in Fresno, California, like most kids my age, I was completely unaware of class politics or cultural privilege. I just knew that I loved art and books and movies and music and history. At age 7, these are the things that CONSUMED ME.
But now, as an adult looking back at the world in which I was raised, I can say with complete conviction that the one thing of which I WAS thankfully aware is that libraries and museums belonged to people like me, too…and because I knew this, I am able stand here today, unlike SO many of my beloved kin — UNADDICTED, UNINCARCERATED, OFF-THE-POLE, and ALIVE — amongst some of the greatest books ever written and some of the most magnificent art ever created by humankind and tell you that it is a mathematical certainty that libraries and museums saved my fucking life.
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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