July 27, 2005

"I've looked at the facts and come to my own conclusions."

Sounds like a good attitude for someone going into law, doesn't it? Actually, it's Seamus Farrow -- link via JD2B -- the 16-year old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, talking about how he decided against having an ongoing relationship with his father. (I keep sifting the pieces of the relationship through my mind, and examining my life and trying to figure out where did the screwup come, you know.) But in fact he is going to law school, to Yale Law School, this fall. He's 16. As Woody Allen once said "I still can't get my mind around that."

22 comments:

Dirty Harry said...

Even if you take Yale Law-at-16 out of the mix, he's a very impressive young man. More than smart -- he seems to have a head on his shoulders. No bitterness. No pretension. Mia deserves enormous credit of that.

And he doesn't look at all like Woody. It's like they cloned her and created a beautiful boy.

What a sordid affair that was.

Ann Althouse said...

Yes, it is as if Mia has been turned into a young boy. Stunning!

Brendan said...

"Here is a dime. Call your fantastically famous mother and tell her there is serious doubt about your becoming a lawyer."

Actually, I give the kid some credit. Most child prodigies don't gravitate towards the humanities as a career. And two thumbs up for emerging from that dysfuntional family as relatively sane, well-adjusted young man (if a tad idealistic).

Ann Althouse said...

Everyone should be idealistic at 16.

Brendan said...

But not behind a steering wheel.

amy said...

Great news. I look forward to seeing him around New Haven.

Brendan said...

I wonder how his 1L classmates will greet him. Polite on the outside, but secretly dreading that a mere kid will show them up? They're only human.

mcg said...

Well, let's just say that they'll talk about him in the bars, where they'll know for sure he ain't :)

Drethelin said...

As a young guy who has often been told that he is not living up to his potential, that kind of drive is something I admire.


Of course, it doesn't mean I'm going to get off my lazy butt and go to college immediately.

knoxgirl said...

Bill Maher did an episode of "Politically Incorrect" about the whole Woody/Mia thing when Mia's book "What Falls Away" came out. His whole take was, "How can you be in therapy for 40 years and sleep with your wife's daughter?" (Woody had apparently been in psychoanalysis since he was 18). It was one of the most interesting P.I. episodes I'd seen and as a result, I read the book. I'll just say that I agree with Maher's assessment at the time: "I believe Mia." --and my view of Woody Allen was changed forever. He is not a cuddly neurotic or charming intellectual-- he's gross.

I give Mia, her son, and the rest of her family enormous credit for coming out the other side of it as normally and successfully as they have.

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Bill Archer said...

My wife went to Med School with a 15 year old. SOmehow, the kid managed to finish in two years while his "elders" sweated over finishing in four.

An incredible accomplishment, and an obviously wildly gifted individual, but no one ever quite got over seeing someone's Mom drop them off at the front door of Med school every day, getting a kiss and handing him his lunch.

Aaron said...

I knew a girl in Med School who had her mother clean her room for her. She was in her mid 20's though.

chuck b. said...

Ann Althouse said...
Everyone should be idealistic at 16.


Everyone? Rather sentimental, isn't it?

Wave Maker said...

Just goes to show ya tht, no matter how self-absorbed or neurotic a man can become, his child is (apparently) capable of cutting the cord in a most dispassoinate fashion.

ATMX said...

I am not sure how you can finish medical school in two years. The curriculum isn't very flexible at most schools.

Goesh said...

I can't help but feel sorry for anyone named Seamus. I think I would rather be named Dufus than Seamus.

Ann Althouse said...

Goesh: You realize the name was changed to that after Woody left. The original name was Satchel (a baseball nostalgia name that might not have played well at school).

Goesh said...

Ms. Ann, I confess to being not well read in these matters. You may soon find a dozen red roses and 5 lbs. of Godiva chocolate on your desk as a token of my appreciation for enlightening me.

Freeman Hunt said...

Goesh: Seamus is pronounced "Shaymus" not "Sea-mus."

When I was in public boarding school we had to have our parents sign permission slips to visit friends' houses on the weekends. I had a friend named Seamus, and his mother invited six of us over one weekend. I had to have my dad fax in a permission slip that said I was allowed to go to Seamus' house. When my father got the slip, he called:

"Who is this 'See-moose' person?!"

Seems like Seamus Farrow is doing well. The college he went to, Simon's Rock, specializes in kids who want to go to college early. I had a friend who went there.

Goesh said...

Dufus is pronounced 'do-fuss', which is exactly what commoners do over such names, unfortunately. I would have thought Seamus was pronounced as 'shaw-mowe', but then I never was much of a Gaelic fan to begin with( God forbid any are reading this).

Adam said...

Soon-Yi Previn's father is noted conductor Andre Previn. Mr. Allen was her mother's boyfriend, not her father. He and Farrow never married.

Was it weird? Sure. Incestuous? No way.