My friend is talking about Mamma Mia, the ABBA movie, just before it opens: “It’s going to be wonderful and awful, all at the same time.”
"Yes, just like life," I say.
“Oh, how sad."
It might be a little sad, that life this a mixture of sadness and pain, joy and beauty; but the best art and writing looks this fact straight in the face, often with a sense of humor. My favorite movies, my favorite books - they are all filled with this mix of highs and lows, moments funny and joyous and painful and sad, all stuffed into a few hours or a few hundred pages. Also like life, the best and the worst sometimes occupy the same page.
Postscript: A few months ago, I did finally see Mamma Mia on a flight from