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March 18, 2015


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Ryan Smith


That was beautiful but I wish you didn't have to write it. Sorry for your loss.


So sorry to hear of your loss Glenn, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us here. All the best.


I'm so sorry, Glenn. Take good care.


I'm sorry for your loss.

Aden Jordan

I'm sorry for your loss, Glenn, and wish you and your family the best.

Chris L.

I'm so sorry you have suffered this cruel loss, GK. Will be thinking of you, and wishing you as much peace and comfort as is possible at such a time.

Jeff McMahon

Thank you for sharing this.


A quite beautiful piece, Glenn. And a fine way to honor your mom, who believed in you as a writer.

And, as horrible as it must have been, I'm happy for you that you were able to be with her for her final moments on Earth. Not everyone gets that chance.

Stephen Bowie

Let's see ... Local TV listings have THE HAUNTING as an ABC SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE on March 12, 1967, starting at 9PM. Not seeing an explicit reference to it as the film's TV debut, but it was pretty heavily promoted, so I'd bet you're right about that.

(I had a similar experience around the same age, oddly, with my mother and POLTERGEIST, whenever it first came out on VHS.)

J. Santiago

Thanks for your honest and beautiful piece. It reminded me of RK's poem.

Mother o' Mine by Rudyard Kipling

If I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!
I know whose love would follow me still,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!

If I were drowned in the deepest sea,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!
I know whose tears would come down to me,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!

If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!


A beautiful, moving, honest tribute; my condolences to you.


What a lovely way to honour and remember your mom. All good wishes and heartfelt condolences.




That was a beautiful tribute. I'm very sorry for your loss.


I'm very sorry to hear this sad news and wish to pass on my condolences to you and your family.

Clayton Sutherland

Very sorry for your loss, Glenn.

This was a lovely piece.


Some of your best writing, Glenn. My condolences.

And I hope this isn't a crass request, but I'd love to hear you expound more on Until The End Of The World when you're up to it. I caught the director's cut a few years ago (and now own the soon-to-be-worthless German import set) and I think it's a special film. Wenders is divisive and many wrote him off after the 80s, but UTEOTW in the long version is a glorious mess in the way that Apocalypse Now is, with a great deal of poetry amidst the globetrotting and the all-star modern rock soundtrack. It's a culmination of his road movie obsession in the way that 2046 ties several of Wong Kar-Wai's films together and takes his style and themes to their extremes.

Nicole Busch

Glenn, what a beautiful, incredibly written tribute.

Your mother most certainly was proud of you--it was obvious every time I saw the two of you interact way back 30-plus years ago. She believed in you and you were lucky to have her.

I am so sorry for your loss and for what your family must be going through now. But I am glad you know how much she loved you.


A very touching post, Glenn. Also, a timely reminder for those of us who still have our moms with us, to get in touch more often before they're gone. One of the first things my mom and I ask about when we're on the phone is: "have you seen any good films recently?". She just saw Boyhood, which took us on a long trip down memory lane.


Sorry for your loss, Glenn. Thank you for this deeply moving piece.




Hi Glenn. I remember that West Paterson house. I never knew you were half Italian, either. You are a great writer, always were, as well as a testament to her strong love for her son. An inspiration as I raise my kids today. All my sympathy to you & Claire, and may she rest in the peace of Christ, with mother Mary.


A beautiful piece, Glenn. I'm sorry for your loss.

You and I were born the same month (August 1959), and I lost my mother in February 2014. She was 82, had Alzheimer's/dementia, and it was horrible, to say the least. I can't bring myself to watch STILL ALICE because I don't want to relive that time. I actually bought a ticket but walked out as the film began. Maybe someday I'll try again.


That was quite a beautiful tribute, Glenn. Thank you for posting this.

I am so sorry for your loss.

All best.


"Her favorite star was Paul Newman; her second favorite was Robert Wagner. But she didn’t rate The Towering Inferno particularly high despite the fact that “R.J.” and Newman were both in it."

Did she ever see HARPER and WINNING? Those were two better movies with Newman and R.J.


This is a beautiful remembrance; thank you for sharing it.

Deepest sympathy for your loss.

Jesse Crall

Lovely piece, Glenn. Sorry for your loss but glad for the love that inspired such words.

Shawn Levy

Best wishes and godspeed to you all.

Betsy Bonner

The "mewling jowly infant I am today" bows to the "mewling jowly infant" you were at six mos. (and we all still are). Thanks for this beautiful, haunting tribute. "My mom was my first love, and she taught me what it meant to be loved." That is so wonderful. Peace, love, and Easter tidings to you and Claire.


I've returned to your blog today after a while away, and am very sad to read about the loss of your mother. Best wishes and sympathy to you and your family.

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