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Monday, July 28, 2014

Woody Allen: A mixed bag

Allen in 2006    (Photo by Colin Swan) 
What with all of his highs and lows, it’s no wonder that Woody Allen's outlook on life is also a mixed bag.

AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck does a good job of presenting Allen’s divergent views.  On the one hand, his overall
stance sounds something like this:  In the end, you realize that you’re just… an insignificant agglomeration of cells and neurons, and eventually that expires, and eventually everything expires…
On the other hand, there are some welcome distractions within this inexorable march to oblivion.  Allen’s films have been gifts of distraction for the past 50 years, gifts that he hints may even originate “in the lap of the gods.”

Allen's spiritual outlook has long been somewhat split.  Here are two of his ambivalent quotes about God:

To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the loyal opposition.

If it turns out that there is a God, I don’t think that he’s evil.  But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.

Copyright July 28, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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