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My personal experience has been that in my 25 years of writing, I have not been asked to do more than four or five commercial one-shot scripts. These were performed on major national hook-ups but produced for me no immediate additional jobs or requests. One script for BBC was done around the world with an all-star cast.
Additional
All-Star
Around
Asked
BBC
Been
Cast
Commercial
Done
Experience
Five
Four
Has-Been
Immediate
You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear.
Acquire
Costly
Emotional
Habit
Hurry
Lasting
Less
Love
Major
More
Much
Should
Tear
Than
I've always loved science fiction. I think the smartest writers are science fiction writers dealing with major things.
Always
Dealing
Fiction
Fiction writers
I think
Loved
Major
Science
Science fiction
Science fiction writers
Smartest
Things
Think
Writers
The major poets of New Jersey have all suffered, whether it's Whitman, who lost his job for 'Leaves of Grass,' or William Carlos Williams, who was called a communist, or Ginsberg, whose 'Howl' was prosecuted, or myself. If you practise poetry the way I think it needs to be done, you're going to put yourself in jeopardy.
Communist
Done
Going
Grass
His
Howl
I think
Jeopardy
Jersey
Job
Leaves
Lost
Major
Myself
I think a lot of L.A. is something like USC - this incredible white culture living in the midst of color, and no obvious reaction to it at all. I mean, they have guards at the gate at USC - guards at the gate of a major university! And the guards chase young black boys away - I've seen it, chasing 8-year-old boys.
Away
Black
Boy
Chase
Chasing
Color
Culture
Gate
Guards
I think
Incredible
Like
Living
Lot
I wrote some serious stuff in high school; however, I hadn't been exposed to any of the major poets, not even the minor ones... I read nothing but Sara Teasdale.
Any
Been
Even
Exposed
High
High school
However
Major
Minor
Nothing
Poets
Read
School
Serious
Writing on a contract for a major studio you get the very best.
Best
Contract
Get
Major
Studio
Very
Writing
You
Some major writers have a huge impact, like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor. She has a philosophical and economical message that she is passing off as fiction, but it really isn't fiction at all.
Ayn rand
Because
Compassion
Economical
Fiction
Fiction writer
Her
Huge
Huge impact
Humor
Impact
Like
Lousy
Major
I found out about reviews early on. They're mostly written by sad men on bad afternoons. That's probably why I'm less angry than some writers, who are so narcissistic they consider every line of every review, even a thoughtful one, as major treason.
About
Afternoon
Angry
Bad
Consider
Early
Even
Every
Found
Less
Line
Major
Men
Mostly
I think the Women's movement has had a major impact on everybody's lives in our nation and in the world as a whole.
Everybody
Had
I think
Impact
Lives
Major
Major impact
Movement
Nation
Our
Think
Whole
Women
World
A major part of love is commitment. If we are committed to someone, if I'm committed to loving you, then it's not possible for me to 'fall out of love.'
Commitment
Committed
Fall
Love
Love is
Loving
Major
Major part
Me
Out
Part
Possible
Someone
Then
But I still read Shaw on a regular basis. What I love is the nakedness of the polemic and the irresistible good humour. For me, 'Major Barbara' is the greatest of all the plays in that it starts from the rational and proceeds to the ecstatic in a spectacular way, and leaves you very confused if you cling to Euclidean logic.
Barbara
Basis
Cling
Confused
Ecstatic
Good
Greatest
Humour
I love
Irresistible
Leaves
Logic
Love
Love is
My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.
Childhood
Life
Lonely
Major
Regret
Unnecessarily
Even if every major government were to slap huge taxes on carbon fuels - which is not going to happen - it wouldn't do much to halt climate change any time soon. What it would do is cost us hundreds of billions - if not trillions - of dollars, because alternative energy technologies are not yet ready to take up the slack.
Alternative
Any
Because
Billions
Carbon
Change
Climate
Climate change
Cost
Dollars
Energy
Even
Every
Fuels
I was 21 in 1968, so I'm as much a child of the '60s as is possible to be. In those years the subject of religion had really almost disappeared; the idea that religion was going to be a major force in the life of our societies, in the West anyway, would have seemed absurd in 1968.
Absurd
Almost
Anyway
Child
Disappeared
Force
Going
Had
Idea
Life
Major
Much
Our
Possible
As I went to college, I went into radio and television. Now I suppose most people think that's one step ahead of basket weaving as a major in college, but it was part of the journalism department.
Ahead
Basket
College
Department
Journalism
Major
Most
Now
Part
People
Radio
Step
Suppose
Television
As a major contemporary composer, Madonna should not let the eye dictate to the ear.
Composer
Contemporary
Dictate
Ear
Eye
Madonna
Major
Should
What has been forgotten is that there were major intellectual breakthroughs in the 1960s, thanks to North American writers of an older generation. There was a rupture in continuity, since most young people influenced by those breakthroughs did not enter the professions.
American
American writers
Been
Breakthroughs
Continuity
Did
Enter
Forgotten
Generation
Has-been
Influenced
Intellectual
Major
Most
Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.
Art
Arts
Been
Birth
Dance
Decline
Does
Early
Emerged
Figure
Future
Genres
Influence
Like
Video games and YouTube.com are creatively booming, even though Web design, as demonstrated by the ugly clutter of most major news sites, is in the pits.
Booming
Clutter
Creatively
Design
Even
Games
Major
Most
News
Sites
Though
Ugly
Video
Video games
The major networks, the cable networks, they're being prosecutors. They're judges and jurors and executioners. Well, c'mon, that's ridiculous. But they're doing it.
Being
Cable
Doing
Judges
Major
Networks
Prosecutors
Ridiculous
Well
Look at the Chandra Levy case. It's become a Star Chamber. The major networks, the cable networks, they're being prosecutors. They're judges and jurors and executioners. Well, c'mon, that's ridiculous. But they're doing it.
Become
Being
Cable
Case
Chamber
Doing
Judges
Look
Major
Networks
Prosecutors
Ridiculous
Star
Well
We all drew on the comfort which is given out by the major works of Mozart, which is as real and material as the warmth given up by a glass of brandy.
Brandy
Comfort
Drew
Given
Glass
Major
Material
Mozart
Out
Real
Up
Warmth
Which
Works
Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material. It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above.
Above
Acceptance
Changes
Considered
Defect
Does
Endure
Feeling
Finds
Hard
Human
Introduced
Itself
Like
I am one day going to be working openly in the motion picture industry. When that day comes, I swear to you that I will never sign a term contract with any major studio.
Am
Any
Contract
Day
Going
I am
Industry
Major
Motion
Motion picture
Motion picture industry
Never
One day
Openly
Most of the time I liked school and got good grades. In junior high, though, I hit a stumbling block with math - I used to come home and cry because of how frustrated I was! But after a few good teachers and a lot of perseverance, I ended up loving math and even choosing it as a major when I got to college.
After
Because
Block
Choosing
College
Come
Cry
Ended
Even
Few
Frustrated
Good
Good grades
Good teachers
When I originally entered UCLA, I had planned to go for a film major, but I kept finding myself taking math classes for fun, 'cause I missed them from high school!
Cause
Classes
Entered
Film
Finding
Fun
Go
Had
High
High school
Kept
Major
Math
Missed
So somebody told me that if I wasn't a coffee drinker yet, by the end of college I'd have to be, because a math major is so tough I would have to stay up very late. I was going to need coffee to do that. Well, merely because they said that, I never drank coffee in college, never got addicted to it, never needed it.
Addicted
Because
Coffee
College
Drank
Drinker
End
Going
Got
Late
Major
Math
Me
Merely
In high school, a teacher once suggested that I be a math major in college. I thought, 'Me? You've got to be joking!' I mean, in junior high, I used to come home and cry because I was so afraid of my math homework. Seriously, I was terrified of math.
Afraid
Because
College
Come
Cry
Got
High
High school
Home
Homework
Joking
Junior
Junior high
Major
To obfuscate the reconstruction of the effect - when a magician is fooled by another magician doing magic. In my career that's not been the major passion, but it's been the passion of a number of my mentors. The crowning achievement for them would be to create magic good enough to fool other magicians.
Achievement
Another
Been
Career
Create
Crowning
Doing
Effect
Enough
Fool
Fooled
Good
Magic
Magician
We call ourselves a free nation, and yet we let ourselves be told what cabs we can and can't take by a man at a hotel door, simply because he has a drum major's uniform on.
Because
Call
Door
Drum
Free
He
Hotel
Major
Man
Nation
Ourselves
Simply
Take
Uniform
Opera needs a major makeover; the large opera houses are too in thrall to their conservative patrons.
Conservative
Houses
Large
Major
Makeover
Needs
Opera
Too
The properties of people and the properties of character have almost nothing to do with each other. They really don't. I know it seems like they do because we look alike, but people don't speak in dialogue. Their lives don't unfold in a series of scenes that form a narrative arc.
Alike
Almost
Almost Nothing
Arc
Because
Character
Dialogue
Each
Form
Know
Like
Lives
Look
Narrative
First scenes are super-important to me. I'll spend months and months pacing and climbing the walls trying to come up with the first scene. I drive for hours on the freeway.
Climbing
Come
Drive
First
Hours
Me
Months
Pacing
Scene
Scenes
Spend
Trying
Up
Walls
Let us say in the pocket of one of my old coats I find a movie ticket from many years ago. Once I see the ticket, not only do I remember that I saw this movie, but also scenes from this movie, which I think I have entirely forgotten, come back to me. Objects have this power, and I like it.
Also
Back
Coats
Come
Entirely
Find
Forgotten
I Remember
I See
I Think
Let Us
Like
Many
Me
Everyone sort of sees his own life and times as being ephemeral. One thinks that everything good or important that happened, happened in the past. But I think that seeing scenes that you are used to, but with the heightening effects of poetry, perhaps makes you value your life and times more than you might otherwise do.
Being
Effects
Ephemeral
Everyone
Everything
Good
Happened
His
I think
Important
In the past
Life
Makes
Might
An enthusiastic desire of visiting the Old World haunted me from early childhood. I cherished a presentiment, amounting almost to belief, that I should one day behold the scenes, among which my fancy had so long wandered.
Almost
Among
Behold
Belief
Cherished
Childhood
Day
Desire
Early
Early childhood
Enthusiastic
Fancy
Had
Haunted
I write scenes - often quite long scenes - mainly because I still get seduced into writing six lines where one and a half will do.
Because
Get
Half
I write
Lines
Long
Mainly
Often
Quite
Scenes
Seduced
Six
Still
Where
I like it when actors get an opportunity to chew into something. They love scenes with beginnings, middles, and ends - scenes that give an arc to their characters and allow audiences to get to know these people.
Actor
Allow
Arc
Audiences
Beginnings
Characters
Chew
Ends
Get
Give
Know
Like
Love
Opportunity
Rewriting isn't just about dialogue; it's the order of the scenes, how you finish a scene, how you get into a scene.
About
Dialogue
Get
How
Just
Rewriting
Scene
Scenes
You
I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work.
Architecture
Behind
Curtain
Design
Graphic
Graphic design
Life
Live
Make
Models
Mostly
Paint
Paintings
People
After the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution, songs became part of the story, as opposed to just entertainments in between comedy scenes.
After
Became
Between
Comedy
Hammerstein
In-between
Just
Opposed
Part
Revolution
Scenes
Songs
Story
Every time one can write a self-deluded song, you are way ahead of the game, way ahead. Self-delusion is the basis of nearly all the great scenes in all the great plays, from 'Oedipus' to 'Hamlet.'
Ahead
Basis
Every
Every time
Game
Great
Hamlet
Nearly
Plays
Scenes
Self-delusion
Song
Time
Way
I think explicit love scenes are a turn off unless it's the kind you read with one hand.
Explicit
Hand
I think
Kind
Love
Off
Read
Scenes
Think
Turn
Turn-off
Unless
You
In The Touch, the love scenes are the same as they were in The Thorn Birds or anything else I've ever written. I find a way of saying that either it was heaven or hell but in a way that still leaves room for the reader to use their own imagination.
Anything
Anything else
Birds
Either
Else
Ever
Find
Heaven
Hell
Imagination
Leaves
Love
Own
Reader
I'd rather live my life off screen and give only a certain amount of energy to the work.
Amount
Certain
Energy
Give
Life
Live
My Life
Off
Only
Rather
Screen
Work
All my heroes wore coats and ties to work. What happened to men wearing hats? Maybe I should bring back hats.
Back
Bring
Coats
Happened
Hats
Heroes
Maybe
Men
Should
Ties
Wearing
Wore
Work
I wanted to work with Cate Blanchett. She is one of the five greatest movie actresses of her generation.
Actress
Cate Blanchett
Five
Generation
Greatest
Her
Movie
She
Wanted
Work
I don't want to be throwing the football on the front yard when I'm 75. I mean, I'm not opposed to men doing that. But I don't think it's gonna work for me.
Doing
Football
Front
Gonna
Me
Mean
Men
Opposed
Think
Throwing
Want
Work
Yard
I am uncomfortable talking about the things that I write. It seems unseemly to me. I have no problem at all when I see anybody else talking about the same project, but I feel my work should speak for itself.
About
Am
Anybody
Anybody Else
Else
Feel
I Am
I Feel
I See
I Write
Itself
Me
No Problem
Problem