I personally think that Woody Allen is one of the geniuses of our time and I have been pretty obsessed with his films and writing, since I first saw Take the Money and Run many years ago. Now, of course, he has become "well-respected" and "distinguished", but I liked the "old" Woody, when he was really funny and off-the-wall, not above being ridiculously outrageous. If you want to see prime examples of this, I recommend getting Complete Prose of Woody Allen, which is composed of short works he created when he was much younger and before he attained the legendary status he presently has. This collection includes Getting Even and Without Feathers, which are, themselves, collections of some of his short, hilarious snippets of satire. I bought Complete Prose of Woody Allen awhile ago and it is a treasured part of my reading library. The fact that I got it for as low a price as I did makes things even sweeter.