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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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2009

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PopMatters Book Reviews

Consumption, Performance, and 'The Agony of Eros'


Byung-Chul Han argues that love, sex, and even theory are disappearing in consumer cultures because our systems of finances and behaviors erode the Other in favor of sameness.

Late night TV in the US often has commercials for telephone party lines. One that airs frequently in my market has a young blond woman who is home and does not want to go out to meet men. Her presentation is always sexualized with brightly painted pouty lips, a body-hugging mini-dress, and a welcoming expression on her face. The narrator promises that she can skip the bars if she just calls, and she can be…

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