1. “Woody Allen Speaks Out.” Last Sunday, Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Mr. Allen has written the following response to the column and Dylan’s account.
“Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe she’s been molested, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root? Is it any wonder the experts at Yale had picked up the maternal coaching aspect 21 years ago? Even the venue where the fabricated molestation was supposed to have taken place was poorly chosen but interesting. Mia chose the attic of her country house, a place she should have realized I’d never go to because it is a tiny, cramped, enclosed spot where one can hardly stand up and I’m a major claustrophobe. The one or two times she asked me to come in there to look at something, I did, but quickly had to run out. Undoubtedly the attic idea came to her from the Dory Previn song, ’With My Daddy in the Attic.’ It was on the same record as the song Dory Previn had written about Mia’s betraying their friendship by insidiously stealing her husband, André, ’Beware of Young Girls.’ One must ask, did Dylan even write the letter or was it at least guided by her mother? Does the letter really benefit Dylan or does it simply advance her mother’s shabby agenda? That is to hurt me with a smear. There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan.”
2. “You Still Have Control.” Advice from Roman Polanski’s victim to Dylan Farrow and other victims.
“If you are a victim who comes forward and resolution through the court provides a conviction, it will not undo what happened to you. You will still have to heal. If you come forward and there is insufficient evidence for a conviction, that is a reality you will have to face, and you can find a way to begin recovering in spite of that. If you are given the choice to not prosecute and spare yourself the trauma of a trial, highly publicized or not, you can make your choice, go forward with your life, and begin to heal. If you never come forward to the authorities, tell no one or only someone close to you, you can begin to recover and overcome what has happened to you. Under any of these circumstances, there will always be those who doubt you and nothing will erase what has happened to you. That does not have to stop you from healing.”
3. “David Cronenberg’s Visual Shock.” J. Ho on the Royal Ontario Museum’s “David Cronenberg: Evolution” exhibit.
“Dense and dark, ’David Cronenberg: Evolution,’ is on view at the new TIFF Lightbox in downtown Toronto through mid-January. It is primarily a fan’s delight, rich with clips, lobby cards, sketches, and letters (’Saw The Fly—loved it,’ Martin Scorsese writes). Pull-out drawers yield facsimiles of annotated scripts and unrealized treatments. One, Roger Pagan, Gynecologist, suggests that years before he made his supremely unsettling Dead Ringers (1988), the tale of twin gynecologists whose sexual exploitation of their patients veers into madness, the artist was pondering its subject. A small exhibition could be contrived from Cronenberg’s research material—the motorcycle motor that served as the model for the pod-like teleportion device in The Fly, the medieval medical implements he studied for Dead Ringers, or the 1920s photograph of a professional exterminator in bowler hat and suit, crouched by ornate radiator, that was used for Naked Lunch.”
4. “Jared Leto’s Heckler at Dallas Buyers Club Deserves More than 15 Mintues.” Leto is heckled and responds to the incident “beautifully.”
“This is not to crucify Leto for the sheer fact of his performance—far from it. But the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his comments is worrying, if only because it risks diverting the conversation away from where it ought to be: the hecklers’ assertion that transwomen are still drastically underrepresented in media—and frequently misunderstood when represented at all.”
5. “The water’s edge.” For all that Cuban athletes stand to gain in America, much must be sacrificed first.
“Cuba’s best athletes don’t stay there because of love of country. They stay there because of a more personal love. If the government were to collapse, if the rules were to change, those athletes would end up lapping onto our shores like so many waves, families in tow. The late Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson once famously said in rejecting offers to defect and fight Muhammad Ali, “What is a million dollars compared to the love of 8 million Cubans?” This is one of the propaganda machine’s greatest quotes, but it is also the largest kind of lie, the one that has to be told when the truth is not allowed. First of all, Stevenson didn’t have any understanding of what those dollars meant. Former Oakland A’s pitcher Ariel Prieto kept his $1.2 million signing bonus in his jeans pocket for weeks because he didn’t understand the concept of American banks. Second, Stevenson was under oppression’s fist, and going against the government can result in harm to one’s family, which is how my mother’s brother came to be in prison.”
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