(*Trigger Warning: non-explicit content)
*Trigger warning: violence.
This is a semi-fictionalized account of real events that occurred in April 1990. Names have been changed or omitted, and conversations have been altered with creative license.
In our lives, we make mistakes. Some good. Some bad. Some that are laughable. Some that are forgettable. And some that are so profoundly stupid and potentially devastating to our lives that we continue to live inside the shadow of that mistake.
I feel beyond blessed to have connected with comedian Paul Gilmartin (of Dinner and a Movie fame). Today, Paul shares with us a bracingly honest account of dealing with covert sexual abuse and incest. I honor Paul’s forthrightness and honesty in dealing with his past, and helping so many others with theirs.
Please welcome my guest, esteemed poet and novelist Loren Kleinman back to the blog.
Please welcome guest Laurie Hollman, PhD, back to my blog. Here she critiques the movie Joy from a maternal perspective. Enjoy!
A Maternal Critique of the Film “Joy”
Joy is the story of the title character, a divorced mother of three children, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business. She invented The Miracle Mop and became a success at pursuing her own patent and supporting her large family. The film is a semi-fictional and inspirational portrayal of how Joy overcomes personal and professional challenges to reach the top as a businesswoman.