More Woody (who I totally love, btw). Still juggling between intellectualism and disdain for the status quo American dumbness-fetish. Too bad he can't make the jump to alternatives. Intellectualism is just the old-school Euro-ruling-class elitist 'bag of knowledge' bias. Academia is just a rehash/derivative of that stuff. True, knowing the foundation of reason is mandatory and sorely missing from virtually all Americans, but the hubris it is used by twists this so much it is like the science it serves--imprisoning. I love it when Woody is intelligent but it seems he can't get into the Boomer revolution on intel, probably because of his generation. So, for me, it's a bummer to get started w/Woody and then have him veer away from mental challenges he and we would naturally love to go to. >>>>> Then, of course, is his defence of one of his unconventionalities—age appropriate relationships. Having Larry David switch to an older woman because of love is both a re-affirmation of what he in real life has probably felt all along, and an ironic put-down of what would appear to be himself. He’s both thumbing his nose at jerky critics and agreeing w/them at the same time. >>>>> Woody is a very smart man struggling to appease audiences who demand stupidity. Or is he one-upping critics by agreeing with general wisdom yet declaring freedom from it to be unique?

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