...on readings, writings, rants, and random reflections
Isaac Davis: Has anybody read that Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey? Y'know, I read this in the newspaper. We should go down there, get some guys together, y'know, get some bricks and baseball bats and really explain things to them. Party Guest: There is this devastating satirical piece on that on the Op Ed page of the Times, it is devastating. Isaac Davis: Well, a satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks and baseball bats really gets right to the point.
What has all that to do with can openers?
I have a lot of respect for Woody Allen; for one thing, he can pointedly critique my faith without being insulting. There is scene in an Allen film, Hannah and her Sisters, I believe, in which a near-death experience prompts the Allen character to give religion a try. His encounter with Catholicism: standing outside a Catholic bookstore looking at a picture of Jesus that opens and closes his eyes as Allen sways left and right, followed by Allen coming home an unpacking a grocery bag, laying on the counter a crucifix, a picture of St. Jude, and a loaf of Wonderbread. Allen encounters Catholicism as a well-marketed brand name, which, truth be told, is often how religion is presented in our consumeristic culture: a product, a brand, a marketing gimmick. Something superficial and hardly meaningful.
Hello, Kyle.I completely agree with both your assessment of Woody Allen's effective humor, and with your appreciation of his outsider's take on organized religion. It is noted that when Woody's character decided to try Christianity, it was Catholicism that he went for.Thanks for your comment!
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