Louis Auchincloss - Author of 60 Books - Born This Day - Also Arthur Penn - Director of Little Big Man, Bonnie and Clyde, and The Miracle Worker
"Once somebody’s aware of a plot, it’s like a bone sticking out. If it breaks through the skin, it’s very ugly."
"If you wrote a novel about Abraham Lincoln and made him a dentist, you could have him recite the Gettysburg Address and nobody would pick it up."
These quotes come from George Plimpton's interview with Louis Auchincloss in The Paris Review, "The Art of Fiction, No. 138," back in 1994. Here's the rest of it.
Here's a clip from Arthur Penn's film, Bonnie and Clyde. There's a new version with Holliday Grainger and Emilie Hirsch due in December of this year. But you gotta love this scene from Penn's movie, released in 1967, which makes robbing banks look like a fun thing to do and reflected glory seem almost as good as the real thing.
I'm a storyteller whose background includes talk radio, newspapers and TV news. I've hosted a morning-drive classical music program on the California coast and published nationally in Reader's Digest, the Christian Science Monitor, and Playboy. I've won awards for my journalism and my fiction. One of my essays even made it into an anthology for college English courses. For real? Yes, for real.
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