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Joan Didion on Woody Allen

You probably already came across Dylan Farrow’s open letter in the New York Times this weekend, in which she talks in detail about being sexually assaulted by Woody Allen as a seven-year-old girl. It’s a very sad thing to read and a very brave thing to write. For additional reading, may I recommend Joan Didion’s 1979 Allen ethering, “Letter from Manhattan,” in The New York Review of Books. A sampling: “The characters in Manhattan and Annie Hall and Interiors are, with one exception, presented as adults, as sentient men and women in the most productive years of their lives, but their concerns and conversations are those of clever children, ‘class brains,’ acting out a yearbook fantasy of adult life.” Go ‘head, girl. [NYRB]


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