The Whore of Mensa

Just read this story by Woody Allen, which is based on the quirky premise of intellectual whorism. It’s quite a funny story and if you manage to read it without chuckling once, that says something about your sense of humour. Anyways, this line from the story sounded remarkably familiar

“Central Park West upbringing, Socialist summer camps, Brandeis.”

I am a big fan of Annie Hall, the movie that won Allen the Oscar in 1977.

Alvy Singer: You, you, you’re like New York, Jewish, left-wing, liberal, intellectual, Central Park West, Brandeis University, the socialist summer camps and the, the father with the Ben Shahn drawings, right, and the really, y’know, strike-oriented kind of, red diaper, stop me before I make a complete imbecile of myself.

Allison: No, that was wonderful. I love being reduced to a cultural stereotype.

In both instances, Allen is mocking intellectualism, a favourite sport of his. Anways, when I read the short story I was reminded of the scene from Annie Hall. It’s cool, you know. The connection.

Hat tip: Vatsan

2 responses to “The Whore of Mensa

  1. Nandhu, this story is in the Woody Allen collection I gave you, and you waited for someone to tip you. 🙂

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