Woody Allen’s Manhattan

An idea for a short story about, um, people in Manhattan who are constantly creating these real, unnecessary, neurotic problems for themselves cos it keeps them from dealing with more unsolvable, terrifying problems about… the universe.


Well, it has to be optimistic.

Well, all right, why is life worth living?

That’s a very good question.

Well, there are certain things, I guess, that make it worthwhile.

Like what?

OK… for me…

Ooh, I would say Groucho Marx, to name one thing.

And Willie Mays.

And… the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony.

And… Louis Armstrong’s recording of Potato Head Blues.

Swedish movies, naturally.

Sentimental Education by Flaubert.

Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra.

Those incredible apples and pears by C?anne.

The crabs at Sam Wo’s.

Tracy’s face.