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His first new collection of short humor in fifteen years is classic Woody Allen.
Zero Gravity is the fifth collection of comic pieces by Woody Allen, a hilarious prose stylist whose enduring appeal readers have savored since his classics Getting Even, Without Feathers, Side Effects, and Mere Anarchy. This new work combines pieces that have appeared in The New Yorker along with eleven written exclusively for this book, each a comic inspiration. Whether he’s writing about horses that paint, cars that think, the sex lives of celebrities, or how General Tso’s Chicken got its name, he is always totally original, broad yet sophisticated, acutely observant, and most important, relentlessly funny. Along with titles like “Buffalo Wings, Woncha Come Out Tonight” and “When Your Hood Ornament Is Nietzsche,”  included in this collection is his poignant but very funny short story,  "Growing Up in Manhattan.” Daphne Merkin has written the foreword.

Zero Gravity implies writing not to be taken seriously, but, as with any true humor, not all the laughs are weightless.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781956763294
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 06/07/2022
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 391,052
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Woody Allen is a writer, director, and actor. He has been a stand-up comedian and a published author. He lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with his wife of twenty-four years, Soon-Yi, and their two daughters, Manzie and Bechet. He is an avid jazz enthusiast and devoted sports fan. In his own words, he regrets that he has never made a great film, though he says he is still trying. 

Daphne Merkin is a novelist and critic who has made a name for herself with her often unnerving candor and forthright attitude toward issues of family, religion, money, and sex as well as her ability to straddle the high/low cultural divide. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, T MagazineElle, and Tablet. She has written frequently for other publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, New York Review of Books, Wall Street JournalBookforumTravel & Leisure, and Departures. Merkin has also published five books, which include two novels, a memoir of depression, and two collections of essays. She is a longtime fan of Woody Allen.

Table of Contents

Foreword Daphne Merkin ix

Acknowledgments xvii

You Can't Go Home Again-And Here's Why 1

Udder Madness 12

Park Avenue, High Floor, Must Sell-Or Jump 19

Buffalo Wings, Woncha Come Out Tonight 28

Will the Real Avatar Please Stand Up 36

A Little Face Work Never Hurt 44

Tails of Manhattan 53

Wake Me When It's Over 58

Now Where Did I Leave That Oxygen Tank? 66

Flap in the Dynasty 73

Not a Creature Was Stirring 81

Think Hard, It'll Come Back to You 88

Sorry, No Pets Allowed 94

Money Can Buy Happiness-As If 100

When Your Hood Ornament Is Nietzsche 105

Over, Around, and Through, Your Highness 111

There Is Nothing Like a Brain 119

Rembrandt by a Nose 128

Growing Up in Manhattan 136

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