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Thoughts on Writer's Block

I've never actually experienced writer's block. I have run out of energy on a novel and had to shelve it. It is still sitting on the shelf, but only because I moved on with other projects and haven't gotten back to it. I have also run out of energy for revising a piece, but I can usually slog through the revision process if I make myself.



Recently, I have been working on two screenplays, and with both I've hit spots where I had to stop. In both cases, it was because the upcoming… Continue

Added by John Leslie Butchart on May 15, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Organic Screenwriting

Way on back when I was in college (UNC-CH Class of '77), or soon thereafter, I saw a copy of Esquire and on the cover was a photo of a monkey at a typewriter, surrounded by stacks of screeplays. The headline was something like "Is anyone out there not writing a screenplay?" At the time, I was trying to write my first screenplay, High Cotton. And that Esquire article made me realize the futility of my efforts, if I expected to get anywhere with it. In fact, I did not get anywhere, and I… Continue

Added by John Leslie Butchart on January 10, 2009 at 1:36am — No Comments

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PopMatters Book Reviews

'The Clash on the Clash' Is a Smorgasbord of Contradictions


I figured, in the case of The Clash, there were no new tales to tell. Sean Egan’s The Clash on The Clash, however, offers a compelling counter-argument.

In September 1983, completely against character, Clash founder and guitarist Mick Jones showed up for rehearsal on time, only to be sacked by Joe Strummer, with a nod of assent from Paul Simonon. The drama and hilarity that preceded this end-of-an-era incident is well-documented: see Pat Gilbert’s Passion Is a Fashion (2004), Chris Salewicz’s Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer (2006), the exhaustive work of Marcus Gray, two dozen titles by Clash-de-campers and fanatics…

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