That picture there? It’s me (or more accurately, a side view of my hair, my notebook, and my iphone voice recording app), interviewing Woody Allen. It was one of the coolest, most humbling moments of my writing career. I only got a few short minutes to speak with him–it was on the red carpet for the Chicago premiere of his newest movie, Magic in the Moonlight–but it was a great few minutes. I had no idea what to expect from Mr. Allen himself–would he be scary? quiet? rude? funny?–but ultimately, he was great. Actually reminded me of any, well, older man, who likes to tell people stories. What he did share with me was already fascinating; I’m sure if we talked longer, there’d be some tales for the books. Here’s what I did get out of him.