Sulla saidWhat an insufferable, fucking, self-righteous bitch mom! I have never heard of such a sorry excuse for a parent. She ranks well below the druggy moms and the absentee dads. What a great guy is her son to have survived her, and what a perfect revenge to have memorialized it on StoryCorps for centuries of historians to mine for an example of degradation of motherhood by its practitioners.
Sulla, I think you are correct on your assessment of the so-called mom, of course. But I don't think this is a case of exacting revenge upon the mother's death at all.
Possibly the mother is still alive as there was no indication that she wasn't when he archived his horrible experience, although, admittedly, I had to recheck that as yours was my initial impression too. The story says that he confronted his mother just two years ago and is now astranged from his family. It does not say anything about her being dead.
By the guy's voice and the words he uses to express himself, vengence does not seem his character though of course everyone is capable of it. I believe his action to archive his experience was not motivated by hurting others but by relieving some of his own pain and, altruistically, to show the world what it does to us because, figuratively speaking, this world has put a shotgun up to our head.
This guy desperately needs for his mother to understand that she thought and acted terribly wrongly. Since hurting her now would not end his suffering, but rather it would increase it, I don't believe that was his motivation. I think this guy just wants peace. And I think his mother is compounding her sin by not relenting to what is right.
I also think that if NPR was doing its job, it would have at least reported that it attempted to interview the mother and archive that American experience too, which might be a little vengeful on my part.