Woody Allen Is Scared of Food

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Does deprivation lead to brilliance? Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

"I never smoke and I watch what I eat, carefully avoiding any foods that give pleasure. (Basically, I adhere to the Mediterranean diet of olive oil, nuts, figs and goat cheese, and except for the occasional impulse to become a rug salesman, it works.)" —Woody Allen, who writes that he's not a hypochondriac, but an "alarmist." [NYT]