I like Woody Allen. I don't like all his films, but I still like him. (I keep meaning to pick up a couple of his books of stories. I hear they're good.)
The new York times recently did an interview with him about his upcoming film, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. There is some insight into what inspired him to make the film, but the interview is mostly about the external influences on his writing and filmmaking.
Q. The ideas of psychic powers and past lives, or at least people who believe in them, are central to “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.” What got you interested in writing about them?
A. I was interested in the concept of faith in something. This sounds so bleak when I say it, but we need some delusions to keep us going. And the people who successfully delude themselves seem happier than the people who can’t. I’ve known people who have put their faith in religion and in fortune tellers. So it occurred to me that that was a good character for a movie: a woman who everything had failed for her, and all of a sudden, it turned out that a woman telling her fortune was helping her. The problem is, eventually, she’s in for a rude awakening.