Insanity Defense The Complete Prose

ISBN-10: 0812978110

ISBN-13: 9780812978117

Edition: N/A

Authors: Woody Allen

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Comprising the classic bestsellers "Getting Even, Without Feathers," and "Side Effects," this definitive collection of comic writings is from a man who needs no Introduction. Really-this book has no Introduction. "The Insanity Defense" reveals many sides of Woody Allen as he holds forth on the most human of urges ("Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only for food: frequently there must be a beverage"); reflects on death ("I don't believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear"); and notes the effect on history wrought by trick chewing gum, the dribble glass, and other novelties. There is also an inspiring story of the futile race to beat Dr. Heimlich to the punch: "The food went down the wrong pipe, and choking occurred. Grasping the mouse firmly by the tail, I snapped it like a small whip, and the morsel of cheese came loose. If we can transfer the procedure to humans, we may have something. Too early to tell." All Woody Allen fans will cherish this uproarious treasury-and those who don't enjoy The Insanity Defense are just plain crazy. "If you don't care if you break into helpless whoops of laughter on buses, trains, or wherever you happen to be reading it." "-Chicago Tribune," on "Without Feathers" "Brilliant flights of fancy whose comic detail and inspired silliness are at once dramatic and controlled." "-The New York Times," on "Side Effects"
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Allen's favorite personality-the bemused neurotic, the perpetual worrywart, the born loser-dominates his plays, his movies, and his essays. A native New Yorker, Allen attended local schools and despised them, turning early to essay writing as a way to cope with his Since his apprenticeship, writing gags for comedians such as Sid Caesar and Garry Moore, the image he projects-of a "nebbish from Brooklyn"-has developed into a personal metaphor of life as a concentration camp from which no one escapes alive. Allen wants to be funny, but isn't afraid to be serious either-even at the same time. His film Annie Hall, co-written with Marshall Brickman and winner of four Academy Awards, was a subtle, dramatic development of the contemporary fears and insecurities of American life. In her review of Love and Death, Judith Christ wrote that Allen was more interested in the character rather than the cartoon, the situation rather than the set-up, and the underlying madness rather than the surface craziness. Later Allen films, such as Crimes and Misdemeanors or Husbands and Wives, take on a far more somber and philosophic tone, which has delighted some critics and appalled others. In Allen's essays and fiction reprinted from the New Yorker, Getting Even New Yorker, (1971), Without Feathers (1975), and Side Effects (1980), the situations and characters don't just speak to us, they are us.

The Metterling lists
A look at organized crime
The Schmeed memoirs
My philosophy
Yes, but can the steam engine do this?
Spring bulletin
Hassidic tales, with a guide to their interpretation by the noted scholar
The Gossage-Vardebedian papers
Notes from the overfed
A twenties memory
Count Dracula
A little louder, please
Conversations with Helmholtz
Viva Vargas!
The discovery and use of the fake ink blot
Mr. Big
Selections from the Allen notebooks
Examining psychic phenomena
A guide to some of the lesser ballets
The scrolls
The whore of Mensa
The early essays
A brief, yet helpful, guide to civil disobedience
Match wits with inspector Ford
The Irish genius
Fabulous tales and mythical beasts
But soft ... real soft
If the impressionists had been dentists
No Kaddish for Weinstein
Fine times : an oral memoir
Slang origins
Remembering needleman
The condemned
By destiny denied
The UFO menace
My apology
The Kugelmass episode
My speech to the graduates
The diet
The lunatic's tale
Reminiscences : places and people
Nefarious times we live in
A giant step for mankind
The shallowest man
Fabrizio's : criticism and response
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