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Allen ha dato alla parodia, che per sua natura tende alla mancanza di una forma, la struttura rigorosa di uno sketch comico. Uno dopo l'altro, tutti i classici del modernismo sono passati attraverso il prisma del suo talento e ne sono usciti trasformati. Allen ha parodiato Kafka, Camus, Kierkegaard, Hemingway, Bellow, le lettere di van Gogh, la biografia di Ibsen, la criti ...more
Paperback, Tascabili Bompiani #928, 163 pages
Published 2004 by Bompiani (first published 1972)
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Sep 17, 2012 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't already read The Whore of Mensa , then do so now! Here's a trailer:
"Hi, I'm Sherry." They really knew how to appeal to your fantasies. Long, straight hair, leather bag, silver earrings, no make-up.

"I'm surprised you weren't stopped, walking into the hotel dressed like that," I said. "The house dick can usually spot an intellectual."

"A five-spot cools him."

"Shall we begin?" I said, motioning her to the couch. She lit a cigarette and got right to it. "I think we could start by appr
Farshad Firuzi
یه اثر خیلی متوسط از وودی آلن.. اصلا شبیه به کارهای جالبش نبود.. شاید خیلی سرسری نوشته شده بود..
May 23, 2010 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Recommended to Nicholas by: A friend.
"I ran into my brother today at a funeral. We had not seen one another for fifteen years, but as usual he produced a pig bladder from his pocket and began hitting me on the head with it. Time has helped me understand him better. I finally realized his remark that I am "some loathsome vermin fit only for extermination" was said more out of compassion than anger. Let's face it: he was always much brighter than me--wittier, more cultured, better educated. Why he is still working at McDonald's is a ...more
Aug 19, 2007 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the title! (a take on "hope is the thing with feathers" from Emily Dickinson). Disliked pretty much the rest of the book. I disliked it for apparently the same reasons that someone else liked it... the book is self-indulgent and weird.
Sep 08, 2015 D.A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I practically memorized this entire book when I was a sophomore in high school, so it probably brings a lot of bad memories to people who knew me then. But seriously, this was the funniest book I'd ever read up until that point. The humor is a strange mix of borchst-belt one-liners and sophisticated critiques of man's faculty for reason and speculation. It's an odd mix, that manifests in truly odd, esoteric pieces of intellectual inquiry. What, for example, would be the main difference if the Im ...more
Mar 26, 2013 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, stories
A collection of Allen’s comedic writings. This is for the most part solid, laugh-out-loud Allen parodies and absurdity. Allen is at his best when parodying, say, the great Russian writers (“Should I marry W.? Not if she won’t tell me the other letters in her last name.”) or Ibsen, as in “Lovborg’s Women Considered,” or just being plain absurd, as in the superbly useless “Slang Origins.”

Throughout, the neurotic Allen themes resonate – fear of death and intimacy, etc. There are a couple of low poi
Was about to toss this book, then realized that shit who knows when a day might come when I'm really down and this could cheer me up. If you have it unread, take it on a vacation sometime and enjoy yourself. (That's what my beach-fun-fiction shelf is for.)
Bill Adelson
Jul 21, 2007 Bill Adelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't quite know what everything meant, but I remember sitting in the back of the room at school when I first bought this book and laughing maniacally at each and every page.
Jul 08, 2007 Mads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this in high school and I've been re-reading this for years--and I must say the humor is still effective. It doesn't sound dated at all. If I were stranded on an island with a choice of one book: I'd probably choose this or Groucho Marx's. Lines that still make me laugh after all these years:

"Scholars will recall tht several years ago a shepherd, wandering in the Gulf of Aqaba, stumbled upon a cave containing several large clay jars and also two tickets to the ice show."

"Of all the
Erik Graff
Oct 15, 2010 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Lin Illwitzer
Shelves: literature
I believe this was read just after graduation from Union Theological Seminary in New York, during the first visit back to the Michigan cottage in four years. At that time Dad was on his second marriage. Her name was Lin, she was right between his age and mine and, so, easy to relate to. She was also a Scott Foresman and freelance editor, the author of a successful Spanish textbook and polylingual--quite an impressive person! In any case, I think the book was hers and I read it with much enjoyme ...more
Leo Robertson
Aug 05, 2015 Leo Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woody Allen does The Day Today a day days and days before The Day Today. Today remains a day The Day Today and these stories are still funny.
A me Woody Allen piace, ma assunto a piccole dosi.
Il suo umorismo è di un genere tutto particolare: brillante, acutissimo e spesso talmente cerebrale e astruso da sfociare nel nonsense. Alcune delle sue battute più riuscite sono diventate meritatamente famose, in quanto riflettono, sia pure in chiave ironica o paradossale, le aspirazioni, le debolezze, le fobie e le nevrosi dell’uomo contemporaneo.
Come scrittore non lo conosco, tranne che per questo libro che ho trovato piuttosto mediocre. In
Apr 08, 2014 MiLi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No he leído nada que sea tan gracioso, original y ocurrente como esta recopilación. Se trata de una serie de cuentos e historias escritas por el autor a lo largo de varios años, algunas con su característico estilo y otras que parecen venir directamente de otro planeta.

Es un libro ideal para aquellos que buscan algo divertido, pero con muchísimo nivel y chispa, perfecto para releer por partes o completo.

Indispensable en cualquier biblioteca, ya sea física o virtual :)
Jesse A
Dec 20, 2015 Jesse A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny stuff that is definitely early Woody.
Rodrigo Gómez Morales
This is the first Woody Allen book I've read. At times, it does feel like one of his movies. It reminded me of "To Rome with Love", where we get to see different stories, some of them quite good, and some of them quite cheesy. It got time before I could understand the tone and humor of each story, but once you get into them, most of them are quite enjoyable. I especially loved "The Whore of Mensa"; I've never payed for sex, but I could consider paying for a smart girl to talk to. That's actually ...more
Lukasz Pruski
I have recently read and reviewed here "Side Effects" by Woody Allen - perhaps the funniest book I have read in my entire life. Allen's "Without Feathers" is also very funny, but it is far from the greatness of his other work. The humor feels belabored. Let me quote: "On March 16, 1882, Mr. J.C. Dubbs awoke in the middle of the night and saw his brother Amos who had been dead for fourteen years, sitting at the foot of his bed flicking chickens. Dubbs asked his brother what he was doing there, an ...more
Nov 16, 2008 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Allen, Woody. WITHOUT FEATHERS. (1975). *****. I’m a big fan of Woody, and was glad I read this one again. The plan is to reread all of his writings. It’s been a long time. Being a fan, I can’t help but give this one a five-star rating. Where else will you find essays on such diverse subjects as the Dead Sea Scrolls,
“Scholars will recall that several years ago a shepherd, wandering in the Gulf of Aqaba, stumbled upon a cave containing several large clay jars and also two tickets to the ice show
Amir ali
Oct 17, 2013 Amir ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تئوی عزیز،
راستی، زندگی هیچوقت نمیخواهد با من درست تا کند؟ نومیدی مرا از پا درآورده! سرم دنگ دنگ صدا میکند! خانم سل شوویمر از من ادعای خسارت کرده است؛ چون که روکش دندانهایش را آن طور که دلم میخواست ساختم، نه آنطوری که به دهان مضحکش بخورد! درست است! من نمیتوانم مثل یک کاسبکار معمولی طبق سفارش کار کنم! من به این نتیجه رسیدن که روکش دندانهای او باید بزرگ و موجدار باشد؛ دندانهایی نامنظم و درهم برهم که مثل زبانههای آتش از هر طرف بیرون زدهاند! حالا طرف دلخور است، چون توی دهانش جفت و جور نمیشود. او خیلی
Jane Stewart
3 stars. I laughed several times, but not as much as I hoped.

I like to hear his odd weird thoughts. The biggest problem was W. Allen did not pause enough. I had to stop the tape frequently to think about what was said or to laugh. It’s like rushing from one joke to the next with no time to laugh.

Unabridged audiobook length: 2 hrs and 13 mins. Swearing language: none that I recall. Sexual content: nothing explicit. Book copyright: 1975. Genre: humorous thoughts.
I am a big fan of Woody Allen and this book seemed his masterpiece of sort for me. Classic Woody Allen style humor !! This book literally makes you laugh out loud while reading ! It is a collection of hilarious essays and plays. The plays Death and God are filled with insanely funny dialogues. Examining Psychic Phenomena, A Brief Yet Helpful Guide to Civil Disobedience, The Early Essays, No Kaddish for Weinstein, If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists, are short essays written in typical Woody ...more
Ana Paula Gonzalez Toledo
A todas luces pasa a ser uno de mis favoritos, sólo por "alienarme" aún más al hacerme reír a carcajadas en plena sala de espera del aeropuerto, en el avión, y cuartos lúgubre s de hospital, provocando que más de alguno se molestase, me alegró días por demás tristes, e impregnó en mi con declarada simpleza ideas de colosal envergadura tales como; el por qué de los principales psiquiatras judíos y el porque de la muy necesaria y buena dicción de Dios.
Eliana Rivero
Reading Challenge 2016
28. Un libro escrito por un comediante

Decpcionante. Me gustan las películas de Woody Allen, y me parece un tipo inteligente y a la vez neurótico. Me gusta su humor y los guiones que escribe. Sin embargo, Sin plumas, que se lee bastante rápido, me pareció un suplicio y un libro cargado de muchos malos chistes. De verdad. Esperé que fuera un poco más de humor inteligente y no el típico humor tonto y norteamericano. "La puta de Mensa" y la comedia de un solo acto "Muerte" fue
Slim Khezri
Jul 03, 2014 Slim Khezri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Woody Allen's work (films, books, scripts etc), the man is a comic genius. This book (Without Feathers, 1975) is like a comic book for grownups; short stories, lots of laughs! Woody Allen's humor in this book, is in the same vein as his early films, the usual crazy mix of sex, the metaphysical, and philosophical pondering. Great blend of intelligence and silliness! Without Feathers, is a witty & humorous with 15 or so short essays/stories on a variety of topics (everyday life). Withou ...more
Mustafa Aiglon
Sadece Ölüm ve Tanrı oyunları için bile okunur. Bu adamın kafası bambaşka...
Kye Alfred Hillig
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. There wasn't a second of it that I was bored. Allen throws away all the bullshit and hands you a real gem. He has a keane eye for how people operate and the funny flaws that make up us all. I especially enjoyed the two plays that are contained in this book one titled 'Death' and the other one 'God'. Woody has an intelligence that he uses to sell you deep spiritual views in a very entertaining way.
Kitap Woody Allen'ın en azından benim için yeni ve farklı mizah anlayışıyla bezenmiş notları, öyküleri ve oyunlarından oluşuyor. Benim için farklı bir mizah anlayışından kastım; saçma(absürt)* anlayışı. Ancak kitapta ciddi manada beğendiğim 3 bölüm var. Birinci sırada: "Ölüm" isimli oyun geliyor ki kesinlikle anlamlı, düşündürücü ve güzel bir oyun. İkincisi: "Mensa Orospusu" adlı hikaye. (Hikaye demek uygun olur sanırım) Adı ön yargı oluşturmasın içeriği hoş, gayet güzel, özgün ve farklı bir met ...more
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Mar 16, 2014 Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Woody Allen fans
Shelves: fiction, plays
Well what can I say about Woody Allen? I've watched nearly all of his films, and found at least some joy in each one. He's probably my first choice for funniest contemporary filmmaker, and he truly was the natural evolution of the Grouchos and Chaplins of early cinema. But I'm not here to review him as a filmmaker.

If you like Woody Allen's films, and his absurd, 1970s New Yorker humor, you'll obviously enjoy this book. Allen never fails to take the most mundane of things and turn them into some
Lorenzo Berardi
There is a moment around mid 1990s in which I discovered Woody Allen and at the same time lost track of everything else he subsequently did as a director (he worked quite a lot with Scarlett Johansson, didn't he?). It happened just after the release of "Bullets over Broadway".

It was 1994 and I remember how I was having Easter vacations in Rome with my parents. We were caught in a rainy Easter in typical Roman fashion and one evening we decided that it was pointless strolling around under downpo
Apr 11, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
This was actually a Spanish translation of three of Woody Allen's books: "Getting Even", "Without Feathers", and "Side Effects". The Paul Auster boom which was prevalent in Madrid when I was here two years ago seems to have been replaced with Allenmania - in VIPS, the ubiquitous kind-of-upscale-7-11 chain, there is a seemingly eternal promotion of all his books and movies - you can take home a DVD of any of his movies for only 6.95 (and I mean, ANY of then - they are all prominently featured, fr ...more
Abril G. Karera
Hay películas de Allen que disfruto mucho y leer sus cuentos ha sido una experiencia bastante interesante. Algunos tienen esencia de película y me sentía como parte de la escena. Otros son tan hilarantes que hasta los leí dos veces. Otros más me costaron mucho por la falta de referencias que yo tenía respecto a los temas que Allen trataba. Todos cuentan con un tono de desparpajo y elementos de absurdo que sin duda harán pasar un buen rato. Algunos de mis favoritos: "El séptimo sello", "Duelo de ...more
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Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian and playwright. His large body of work and cerebral film style, mixing satire, wit and humor, have made him one of the most respected and prolific filmmakers in the modern era. Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in the majori ...more
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