Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Woody Allen’s top five books

The five books that have influenced Woody Allen's film making and humour writing, according to the consummate entertainer himself, are: 

1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)

2. Really the Blues by Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe (1946)

3. The World of S.J. Perelman (2000)

4. Epitaph of a Small Winner by Machado de Assis (1880)

5. Elia Kazan: A Biography by Richard Schickel (2005)

I haven't read any of these books yet though I am halfway through The Complete Prose of Woody Allen, an early collection of fifty-two pieces of hilarious writing. Barring Annie Hall, I prefer his writings to his other films. As bizarre as it is, I enjoy Woody Allen's brand of humour. He doesn't make sense maybe that's why he's so freakin' funny.

Read why at www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/06/woody-allen-top-five-books/print

Check out his full interview at www.thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

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