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Claire Dederer on Reckoning with the Great Art of Bad People

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Is it okay to consume — even to love — the art created by people who’ve done terrible things? What are the ethics of making a choice like that? 

These are some of the questions that writer and critic Claire Dederer takes on in her new book, “Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma.” For Dederer, her questions started with the acclaimed filmmaker Roman Polanski — who was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in the 1970s. Dederer was repulsed by knowledge of the crime, yet she continued to find worth — even intense beauty — in his movies. She was both troubled and fascinated, so she began to write. She joins us to talk about what she discovered.


Airdate: Friday, April 21, 2023 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m.