Monday, March 23, 2020

#TimesUp, Mia: Woody Allen Memoir ‘Apropos of Nothing’ Released by New Publisher

Bravo to Arcade Publishing (an imprint of Sky Horse Publishing) for releasing Woody Allen's long overdue memoir, "Apropos of Nothing." (I ordered my copy but it quickly went out of stock everywhere.) The book reportedly tackles all subjects, including Mia Farrow's dubious allegations that he molested daughter Dylan one time -- and one time only(?!!) -- in the immediate aftermath of Farrow's discovery that he was having an unseemly sexual affair with her adopted daughter. 

To which crimes are you referring, Ronan? Two separate investigations -- not to mention common sense -- cleared your father of any wrongdoing. And one strongly suggested your mother was culpable.

Jeannette Seaver, an editor who acquired the book, said that Arcade decided to publish the book not only on the merits of the material, but also on principle, to take a stand against Mr. Allen’s critics. 

“In this strange time, when truth is too often dismissed as ‘fake news,’ we as publishers prefer to give voice to a respected artist, rather than bow to those determined to silence him,” she said in a statement. “We firmly believe in upholding the right to freedom of speech in the world of publishing and, as a result, we’re pleased to support not only this terrific book but also -- and even more importantly -- this democratic principle."

The timing couldn't be any more perfect during this pandemic-induced period of self-isolation -- can't wait to dig in!

In this candid and often hilarious memoir, the celebrated director, comedian, writer, and actor offers a comprehensive, personal look at his tumultuous life. Beginning with his Brooklyn childhood and his stint as a writer for the Sid Caesar variety show in the early days of television, working alongside comedy greats, Allen tells of his difficult early days doing standup before he achieved recognition and success. With his unique storytelling pizzazz, he recounts his departure into moviemaking, with such slapstick comedies as "Take the Money and Run," and revisits his entire, sixty-year-long, and enormously productive career as a writer and director, from his classics "Annie Hall," "Manhattan" and "Hannah and Her Sisters" to his most recent films, including "Midnight in Paris." Along the way, he discusses his marriages, his romances and famous friendships, his jazz playing, and his books and plays. We learn about his demons, his mistakes, his successes, and those he loved, worked with, and learned from in equal measure. This is a hugely entertaining, deeply honest, rich and brilliant self-portrait of a celebrated artist who is ranked among the greatest filmmakers of our time.

Note to publisher: Congrats on nabbing the memoir of the year. But please fix your promotional materials that refer to his 1986 film as "Annie and Her Sisters." Yikes!


Bill said...

I'm happy to see it got published.

Myk said...

Has there ever been a child molester who only did it once? I know nothing about this case, but it seems wrong somehow.