The insanity defense : the complete prose

by Allen, Woody, 1935-

Format: Print Book 2007
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3551.L44 A6 2007x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3551.L44 A6 2007x
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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
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

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Published simultaneously with Mere Anarchy (2007), these 40-plus previously published humorous sketches poke fun at Allen's classic targets: New York intellectuals, death, and Mr. Big--he's God, of course. Projecting personas is Allen's main technique across these stories, many of which contain allusions to the 1970s, when most of them were written. You want Studs Terkel? Allen satirizes his Hard Times in 'Fine Times." How about Nazi memoirists? Allen gives you the recollections of Hitler's barber. Latin American revolutionaries were on the march, if somewhat ineffectually, in 'Viva Vargas!" And if one's laughs come from satirizing such literary forms as the eulogy, commencement speech, or college course catalog, Allen is your parodist as well. Including mockery of collected works via a faux review of the collected laundry lists of the unjustifiably obscure Metterling, Allen perhaps barbs his own volume, which is the third time many of these pieces have seen publication. Nevertheless, it's a treasury of risibility for the Allen audience.--Taylor, Gilbert Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects American wit and humor.
Publisher New York :Random House Trade Paperbacks,2007
Other Titles Prose works
Language English
Notes "A Random House trade paperback original"--T.p. verso.
Description viii, 342 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 0812978110 (pbk.) :
9780812978117 (pbk.)
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