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New and Old from Woody Allen

By posted at 4:30 am on June 25, 2007 2

Here at The Millions we’ve praised Woody Allen’s writing over the years – Andrew discussed Without Feathers in 2005 and I did the same a year later. For fans like us, it’s been a good month.

covercoverWhile Allen’s movies have been coming along unabated for decades, there’s been less on offer for fans of Allen’s writing. But this month, for the first time in 25 years, Allen has a new humor collection out. Mere Anarchy collects many of Allen’s recent New Yorker pieces as well as some new material. Supplementing that slim volume is The Insanity Defense, which puts Allen’s three earlier collections under one cover – Without Feathers is joined by Getting Even and Side Effects. Both new books are must haves for Allen fans.

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2 Responses to “New and Old from Woody Allen”

  1. Seth Christenfeld
    at 10:24 pm on June 25, 2007

    And it means that finally, said earlier collections are available in trade.

  2. Andrew Saikali
    at 1:29 pm on June 26, 2007

    Wow. This is great news. I hadn't realized that a new batch of his New Yorker casuals were in the offing.

    On a slight tangent – I recently purchased a set of interviews from the old Dick Cavett show. Included is an interview with Woody Allen from 1969, just after Take The Money and Run came out, and a longer (over-an-hour) interview from 1971, right after Bananas came out, and at the time that one of the earlier New yorker sets – maybe Getting Even) – came out.

    In these interviews, especially the long one from 1971, Woody is charming and relaxed, and even favors the audience with a clarinet performance.

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