Woody Allen interviewed by Norman Spinrad

This is a great interview conducted about the time Woody's film Celebrity came out back in 1998: I can just imagine their New York twangs firing of each other's. About halfway through it seems to turn around and Woody is interviewing Norman: quite wierd.

For those of you who don't know Spinrad, shame on you! For those of you who only first heard of him when he sat next to Bruce Sterling at the Singapore Writer's Fesitval, join the club.

He was longtime "President of the Science Fiction Writers of America", whatever that means and has published heaps of stuff. Some of it is available online for next to nothing. He wrote at least one episode of the original Star Wars TV show...

Woody Allen: This is what a celebrity goes through, first of all they get more money than other people, not necessarily deserved, but more money. A guy teaching school in a poor black neighborhood in the United States, where it's a real difficult job and dangerous, and he's really trying to help and trying to do a good thing, he gets paid very little money while a celebrity makes a jerky movie, a really stupid movie with car crashes or special effects and gets 20 millions bucks.

I've always said that! Almost exactly! I was quite impressed with Woody in this interview. Seems like a nice unpretentious guy.

For a celebrity.



Posted by: expat@large on Oct 27, 05 | 6:46 pm | Profile


Bug Jack Barron!

Posted by: spike on Oct 28, 05 | 10:40 am

Exactly! I am so distressed about not knowing about this book and this writer - I am shrivelled, humbled, cowering because of my ignorance.

And you know admitting as such is no mean feat for super-arrogant book-snob E@L!

Posted by: expat@large on Oct 28, 05 | 12:20 pm


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