Today in “Why?” and “Huh?” comes the news that Woody Allen’s memoirs, Apropos of Nothing, have actually been published. By a real life publishing company. March of 2020 continues to hit it outta the park! This news comes a couple weeks after Hachette Book Group dropped the book, following a storm of controversy that included angry statements by former Hachette author Ronan Farrow and Woody’s accuser, Dylan Farrow, and staged employee walkouts in protest.
The memoirs’ new publisher, Arcade Publishing, made no prior announcement about acquiring the rights, so publishing the book today was a fun lil’ surprise. I’m sure everyone working at Arcade is just thrilled.
“The book is a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life,” Arcade announced in a statement on Monday, “ranging from his childhood in Brooklyn through his acclaimed career in film, theater, television, print and standup comedy, as well as exploring his relationships with family and friends.”
I would love to hear Woody explore his relationships with family. Gimme all the details about your ex-wife Mia Farrow, estranged kids, and the totally normal and not all creepy story of how Soon-Yi became your wife. Spill the tea on your will-they/won’t-they love story! The book’s acquiring editor, and founder of Arcade Publishing, Jeanette Seaver, released this statement to People:
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to release Woody Allen’s autobiography,” she says. “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. We firmly believe in upholding the right to Freedom of Speech in the world of publishing and, as a result, we’re pleased support not only this terrific book but also – and even more importantly – this democratic principle.”
Hoo boy. She really cited “fake news” and “Freedom of Speech”. I did a little Google diggin’, and Jeanette is in her late eighties. Her late husband was born in 1926. So, obviously, she’s a longtime Woody fan.
Well, look on the bright side. At least Stephen King’s son knows what to get him for Father’s Day!