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The insanity defense : the complete prose

Author: Woody Allen
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Allen, Woody.
Insanity defense.
New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, ©2007
(OCoLC)646833493
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Woody Allen
ISBN: 0812978110 9780812978117
OCLC Number: 141384970
Notes: "A Random House trade paperback original"--Title page verso.
Consists of previously published works, including Getting even, Without feathers, Side effects and some essays originally published in The New Yorker.
Description: viii, 342 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 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 --
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 --
Retribution.
Responsibility: Woody Allen.
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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."--Publishers description.

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