“My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father,” so recounts Mackenzie Phillips on the eve of her wedding when she was 19. Her father, of course, is the late-John Phillips of Mamas and Papas fame.
This news is icky whether you believe her (somehow I do) or you don’t — since it means she’s inventing an incetuous releationship to sell books. Such is the nature of modern American celebrity where it’s difficult to believe anything. This is the type of secret that seems like it should stay between a person and their therapist. It’s hard to determine if revealing this is foolish or courageous. Regardless, it doesn’t really make me want to read her new book anymore than I didn’t already.