The Insanity Defense

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The Insanity Defense

The Complete Prose

By Woody Allen

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812978117, 342pp.

Publication Date: June 12, 2007

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.

About the Author
Jack Dann has written and edited over sixty books, including Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction; More Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction (Jewish Lights); and the international bestselling novel about Leonardo da Vinci, The Memory Cathedral. Already translated into ten languages, The Memory Cathedral won Australia's Aurealis Award and a selection won the coveted Nebula Award. He lives in Australia on a farm overlooking the sea and "commutes" back and forth to Los Angeles and New York. Visit his website at

Jack Dann is available to speak on the following topics: Jewish Science Fiction? How Can That Be, and What Can It So That Regular Jewish Fiction Can't?Exploring the Holocaust through the Lens of the FantasticI Am Jewish Enough! The Iconoclastic Mumblings of a Cultural JewMy Rabbi Is an Alien: How to Write and Read Jewish Science Fiction