By Clarissa Cruz
Updated March 05, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Why We Write

  • Book

Two new books pay homage to the unseen, largely unknown scribblers who churn out film scripts. Screenwriters is a slick, lushly photographed portraits collection that includes pithy musings from the industry’s biggest scribes, including Nora Ephron (You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally), Richard LaGravenese (The Bridges of Madison County), and Affliction director Paul Schrader (who penned Taxi Driver). But while lovely to flip through, the glossy tome rings slightly hollow when compared with Why We Write, a provocative series of essays that reveals much more about the script-writing process — and its ironies. Says Michael Tolkin, the scribe behind The Player who’s also responsible for Gleaming the Cube, ”Blocks of dumb stuff put together properly can make a good movie.” Now, that’s what we call a tip.
Screenwriters: B
Why We Write: A-

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