This was an off-topic addendum to the LinkedIn and Privacy post, added as a coming attraction, but then I decided to delete and repost it as a standalone preview.
We saw Cafe Society on Friday. I mentioned it and discussed it briefly in a comment here. In the film, Allen borrows from Dickinson, just as he did to justify his affair with Mia Farrow's daughter, saying or paraphrasing (I don't recall which): "the heart wants what it wants."
I have a problem with using that as justification for betrayal, but it puts me in mind of Macbeth: "Life is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing," which Allen could have used to good effect in this film. He could have also said: life's a bitch and then you die.
The entire Dickinson's quote is: The heart wants what it want - or it doesn't care. Assuming one takes the cynical view, I suppose that implies for Allen that caring is what makes life worth living this folly, though Allen didn't say so explicitly. But that's there in the film, juxtaposed to someone in the film quoting Socrates (Plato), "the unexamined life is not worth living." He also gets into religion and afterlife as the purpose, so there are a few alternatives, but clearly he doesn't see any of them as solid solutions to the problem of death anxiety imbuing life with a sense of futility. It's more like choosing your favorite palliative.
Typical of Allen, we see a philosophical argument embodied by characters who are the least likely philosophers, all representing the neurotic philosophical arguments that preoccupy and perhaps torment Allen. In Cafe Society, the argument is about what's acceptable for relieving death anxiety. That isn't a putdown, because if you really listen to people, you know that these arguments reflect universal struggles. Ordinary people make these arguments to validate advice they offer and to justify their own hard choices. And Allen's knack for rendering these arguments in film is both compelling and amusing.