This fascinating article in the Baltimore Sun paints a portrait of John’s mother that seems to be the exact opposite of John– well at least his art works, and especially his movies.
Those who know John well, see many of his mother’s and father’s traits in him– the successful, sober businessman father, and the high-minded elite gardener volunteer with impeccable manners mother who was dedicated to her family.
John was a sponge to their beliefs and concerns, but molded them to another dimension. On the one hand, he is the wild taboo breaker. On the other, he is extremely conservative, persnickety, focused, and ambitious– not to mention deeply intelligent– like his parents.
And it makes me wonder that John’s artistic muse, Pat Moran, who led him to the brave new world shared his mom’s name.