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"Now comes Mere Anarchy, Allen's first new essay collection in 25 years. I'm real happy to say it's funny in the same way that Getting Even was funny when I was 16. I will carry this book around with me, but I'm old now, and I live in New York City, where reading Woody Allen isn't quite as surefire with the chicks. But all you kids out there in your school cafeterias, pick up a copy. I know it'll do for you what it did for me." Mark Warren, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

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"I am greatly relieved that the universe is finally explainable. I was beginning to think it was me." — Woody Allen

Here, in his first collection since his three hilarious classics Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, Woody Allen has managed to write a book that not only answers the most profound questions of human existence but is the perfect size to place under any short table leg to prevent wobbling.

"I awoke Friday, and because the universe is expanding it took me longer than usual to find my robe," he explains in a piece on physics called "Strung Out." In other flights of inspirational sanity we are introduced to a cast of characters only Allen could imagine: Jasper Nutmeat, Flanders Mealworm, and the independent film mogul E. Coli Biggs, just to name a few. Whether he is writing about art, sex, food, or crime ("Pugh has been a policeman as far back as he can remember. His father was a notorious bank robber, and the only way Pugh could get to spend time with him was to apprehend him") he is explosively funny.

In "This Nib for Hire," a Hollywood bigwig comes across an author's book in a little country store and describes it in a way that aptly captures this magnificent volume: "Actually," the producer says, "I'd never seen a book remaindered in the kindling section before."

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"It turns out that, on the page, Mr. Allen is as funny as ever." Wall Street Journal

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"Even when it creaks, Mere Anarchy is nostalgically enjoyable, and most of it sounds timelessly bright....The stories in Mere Anarchy deliver the same joys and foibles that have been with its author from the start." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"Not a story in the collection is a clinker, but some certainly rise above others....It's been 25 years since Allen's last collection of short stories. We can rejoice that the wait is over....Simple geloscopy suggests you'll love Mere Anarchy." Rocky Mountain News

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"[These pieces] will please those determined souls who like their humor distinctly old school....The topsy-turvy literary allusions pour from Allen's pen like bullets from a Gatling gun..." Booklist

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"One of the myriad pleasures of Allen's stories is the recurring buffet of whitefish, kipper snacks and wurst with which he plies the narrative....It is impossible to forget the celebrity of the writer who penned these sketches and essays....It is also weirdly satisfying to spot cross-genre spillover." Jerry Stahl, The Los Angeles Times

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"[A] sometimes dazzling, sometimes disappointing display of essayistic slapstick....Allen isn't an acquired taste. Either you like him or you don't. Although Mere Anarchy is more of the same, for his fans familiarity will probably breed content(ment)." Philadelphia Inquirer

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"The purpose of these prose pieces is to divert, not to delve into the mysteries of life. They're small portions, but tasty and satisfying." Miami Herald

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"In these short pieces...amusing premises are so overwritten ('he could emend the scenario with sufficient cunning as to manumit you forever') that the humor becomes impenetrable, buried under a pile of obscure synonyms. (Grade: C)" Entertainment Weekly

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"Its 18 stories...are variations on a shtick that mines the pomposity and insincerity of the entertainment industry, of which there is no limit....The problem with such a collection is that it reveals Allen's tricks, which work well until you notice the repetition." USA Today

About the Author

Woody Allen's prolific career as a comic, writer, and filmmaker has now spanned more than five decades. He writes frequently for the New Yorker and is the author of Without Feathers, Getting Even, and Side Effects, among other books.

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Edward, June 14, 2007 (view all comments by Edward)
Classic New Yorker style.
You have to love and appreciate New York to 'really' enjoy this one.
You also have to like Woody-- if you don't like his humor style, then forget about it.
But if you like good-raw-entertaining short stories a la Woody then bon appetite!
His older stories are much better.
To quote the Friday, June 14, 2007 NY Times book review by Janet Maslin, '"The stories in ?Mere Anarchy? deliver the same joys and foibles that have been with its author from the start. Take his women: please. Mr. Allen still writes about hot babes and wifely harridans with very little in between. And he is funniest, not surprisingly, when he can be seen working hard rather than coasting. It has always been second nature for Mr. Allen to Mad-Lib a phrase while on autopilot (?a long dream in which Rodgers and Hart appeared at his window as parrots and simonized his car?) without breaking a sweat.But more often than not the analogies fit. (?Actually I?d never seen a book remaindered in the kindling section before.?) And when the thoughtfulness shows (as with a renovation estimate that ?waxed to the girth of the Talmud while rivaling it in possible interpretations?), the effort pays off."'
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400066414
Author:
Allen, Woody
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Essays
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 12, 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.43x5.99x.83 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages Random House - English 9781400066414 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Now comes Mere Anarchy, Allen's first new essay collection in 25 years. I'm real happy to say it's funny in the same way that Getting Even was funny when I was 16. I will carry this book around with me, but I'm old now, and I live in New York City, where reading Woody Allen isn't quite as surefire with the chicks. But all you kids out there in your school cafeterias, pick up a copy. I know it'll do for you what it did for me." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "It turns out that, on the page, Mr. Allen is as funny as ever."
"Review" by , "Even when it creaks, Mere Anarchy is nostalgically enjoyable, and most of it sounds timelessly bright....The stories in Mere Anarchy deliver the same joys and foibles that have been with its author from the start."
"Review" by , "Not a story in the collection is a clinker, but some certainly rise above others....It's been 25 years since Allen's last collection of short stories. We can rejoice that the wait is over....Simple geloscopy suggests you'll love Mere Anarchy."
"Review" by , "[These pieces] will please those determined souls who like their humor distinctly old school....The topsy-turvy literary allusions pour from Allen's pen like bullets from a Gatling gun..."
"Review" by , "One of the myriad pleasures of Allen's stories is the recurring buffet of whitefish, kipper snacks and wurst with which he plies the narrative....It is impossible to forget the celebrity of the writer who penned these sketches and essays....It is also weirdly satisfying to spot cross-genre spillover."
"Review" by , "[A] sometimes dazzling, sometimes disappointing display of essayistic slapstick....Allen isn't an acquired taste. Either you like him or you don't. Although Mere Anarchy is more of the same, for his fans familiarity will probably breed content(ment)."
"Review" by , "The purpose of these prose pieces is to divert, not to delve into the mysteries of life. They're small portions, but tasty and satisfying."
"Review" by , "In these short pieces...amusing premises are so overwritten ('he could emend the scenario with sufficient cunning as to manumit you forever') that the humor becomes impenetrable, buried under a pile of obscure synonyms. (Grade: C)"
"Review" by , "Its 18 stories...are variations on a shtick that mines the pomposity and insincerity of the entertainment industry, of which there is no limit....The problem with such a collection is that it reveals Allen's tricks, which work well until you notice the repetition."
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