Noting its similarities to Chuck Hagel’s presidential campaign non-announcement, Mickey Kaus links to this 1980-era “Graduation Speech” by Woody Allen:


“More than at any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. I speak, by the way, not with any sense of futility, but with a panicky conviction of the absolute meaninglessness of existence that could easily be misinterpreted as pessimism. It is not. It is merely a healthy concern for the predicament of modern man.”

Not to mention the predicament one feels watching almost all of Woody’s films after Manhattan; as the above speech neatly encapsulates Woody’s bleak nihilism to a T.


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