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"This is how I know it got really bad: We had Kieran here for three days, and all he did while he was here was bitch that he didn't get to spend enough time with his dad. I found out later when I read the court case that they claimed he had been kidnapped to Arizona. Kidnapped!" she fumes.

"Kit's an old-fashioned guy, and he believes in marriage," she says. "So his position through the court case was, She's the mother of my children, and he would not be the one to talk badly about her. He still won't. He figures, They hate me; if they find out what she did, will they hate her too? Let them have their mother."

Krylowski is angry with Macaulay for alleging abuse. "The whole family might have had three spankings in their whole lives," she says. "And that stuff about sleeping on the couch? When they moved into the new apartment, Kit bought all this furniture that didn't arrive for a week, so Mack slept on the couch. That's abuse?"

But according to Macaulay, Krylowski would have no way of knowing: "I didn't meet her. She's always saying, 'I was there! I was there!,' and maybe she was behind the scenes with my father, but I never saw her. Ever."

Krylowski may be spouting Kit's version of the past, but she can see his present for herself. Kit is broke. He has a debilitating spinal problem. A year ago, they received a call from a National Enquirer reporter informing them that Kit's daughter from a previous relationship had died from a drug overdose. He hasn't been in touch with his kids, says Krylowski, because he can't bear to be rejected anymore.

I ask her why he finally sent Macaulay that telegram when Madame Melville opened in London. "I sent the telegram to Mack," Krylowski says. "It was the same message that Kit's father sent to him the first time he was onstage."

Culkin, however, is absolutely unconflicted about his father. "The one thing he taught me," he says, "was how not to be, and how I don't want to be with my children. He was a bad guy."

Culkin has come for a quick dinner down the street from the theater at the Zen Palate. His mother is coming to a preview tonight, and he has a clean shave and a fresh haircut that makes him look younger than ever. "Now I'm having a really good time -- a better time than I ever thought I would when I was younger," he says. "I didn't know that this kind of thing existed, working and being happy.

"I'm a very happy person," he continues, making a little joke of it. "Yay me. Sis-boom-ba."

Somehow, he says, he has just sorted through it all: "I've been writing, and it's very therapeutic, the writing is. I write all kinds of things: really bad poetry, screenplays, and for the fuck of it I started writing my memoirs. I have no title yet."

He is considering playing the homicidal club kid Michael Alig in an upcoming film adaptation of a book called Disco Blood Bath, and he wants to have kids someday. "But I'm still young," he says. "Right now I just want to have fun. In London, I started going out to clubs and bars, and maybe now I'll hit some parties. I just want to meet people, live life, and spread my pixie dust throughout the world."


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