Woody Allen’s memoir Apropos of Nothing: I’m a Disgusting Pig And Here’s Why (ok, just the first part), was ultimately published, as we always knew would be the case. Like a dog who’s grabbed a putrefied half-eaten burrito off the street, Hachette, the book’s original intended publisher, dropped it after its employees, Ronan Farrow and Dylan Farrow, all yelled BAD DOG and gave a sharp tug on the leash! Which was the perfect opportunity for Arcade publishing to swoop in and snatch it up. Now that it’s out there, we have the opportunity to peek inside to see if those were moldy black beans coming out of it, or if it was actually human feces! The answer, it seems, is both.
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.
Last week Hachette Book Group announced they were publishing Woody Allen’s memoirs in April. Woody’s daughter/accuser, Dylan Farrow, and son, perv hunter Ronan Farrow, both tweeted their frustration. Ronan, who published his recent book Catch and Kill with Hachette, immediately dropped them as his publisher. Later in the week, 75 employees of Hachette staged a walkout in protest of the deal. And, guess what? It actually worked!
On Friday, after a week of bad press, Hachette released a statement announcing that, despite taking their “relationships with authors very seriously” (“Um, dooo you, though?” -Ronan Farrow), they’d made the “difficult” decision to drop Woody’s book. After the cancellation, Dylan hopped back on Twitter to express her gratitude.
Hachette Employees Staged A Walkout In Protest Of Their Company Publishing Woody Allen’s Memoirs (UPDATE)
On Monday, publishing company Hachette Book Group made a really smart PR decision, and announced that, next month, they’d release Woody Allen’s memoirs, “Apropos of Nothing”. Woody’s been shopping that shit around the last couple years, and hearing a lot of “No, because you’re an accused child molester”. But Hachette got cartoon dollar-sign eyes, and agreed to publish it.
Obviously, people were pissed. Especially Ronan Farrow, whose recent book about bringing down powerful sexual predators, Catch and Kill, was ALSO published by Hachette. Both he and his sister, Dylan Farrow, released online statements expressing their feelings of betrayal. Ronan announced he was done with the publishing company, and encouraged them to do some actual fact checking on Woody’s book. Well, it looks like the employees of Hachette agreed, because yesterday they staged a walkout in protest.
Ronan Farrow, who helped expose and bring down Harvey Weinstein and wrote a book about the ring of protective provided to powerful sexual predators, is done with his publisher. Ronan came out with a statement slamming Hachette and publicly ended his professional relationship with them after learning they had acquired the rights to publish Woody Allen’s memoir. His sister Dylan Farrow already slammed Hachette. And Ronan believes his sister’s allegations of child sexual assault against Woody. In fact, he now exposes shady creeps for a living. So he found it a bit odd that the people profiting off exposing trash would now be making money off of that same alleged trash.
Because everybody wants to hear words from accused child molester Woody Allen, who continues to maintain his innocence, he is putting out his memoirs. Yesterday Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced they will be publishing Woody’s book, entitled Apropos of Nothing, on April 7th. According to USA Today, Woody’s memoirs almost happened in 2003 after negotiating a big, expensive payday with Penguin Publishing, but, at the last minute, he changed his mind. Recently, he’d been shopping the book around to publishers, many of whom rejected it because of #MeToo concerns.