A revisionist view
Now, though, some three decades after her passing, I’m reconsidering.
In the news lately, we’ve had the Mel Gibson affair, the Michael Richards affair, the Judith Regan affair, and some sort of basketball brouhaha involving multimillionaires brawling in public.
Within the last week or so, acquaintances—upstanding middle-class people about whom one would never think such a thing possible—had their own Jerry Springer moment (the police were considerate and professional).
In fact, the more I look back, as an adult, at my own family’s history, the more I find myself coming around to my grandmother’s point of view. Some of those soaps really were true to life.
When I edit fiction, I try to help the author maintain a certain level of plausibility. After the last couple of months, I’ve revised my definition of plausibility—downward.