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Aug.29.2010
Lately, while not writing draft after draft of a new screenplay, I’ve taken to writing reviews of some forthcoming books. I’ve only written one review in my career, a commissioned piece on Martin Amis’s Time’s Arrow (which, because the literary magazine which had paid me to do so never got around...
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Jul.22.2010
Please check out my latest essay at The Millions, "Reading in Tongues": http://www.themillions.com/2010/07/reading-in-tongues.html 
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Jul.17.2010
In a few months I’m going under the knife. Well, actually scalpel, followed by saw. It’s a kind of amputation, though what’s being excised won’t be visible to anyone but a radiologist and airport security personnel. And when the bone and dust is kicked up by the surgeon’s weapon of choice, I will,...
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Jul.02.2010
I read this morning of the death not many hours ago of one of the most original voices in British literature, Dame Beryl Bainbridge. I’d first discovered Beryl’s works in the mid-70s after reading Graham Greene’s praise of her novel The Bottle Factory Outing. It was on a trip to London in the early...
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Jul.01.2010
A minor expansion of an earlier blog post, now appearing at The Nervous Breakdown: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/jpsmith/2010/07/cheating-at-solitaire/
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Jun.26.2010
When I was first starting off as a writer, endings of novels were always a problem with me. For some odd reason, I tended to end all of my novels with the death of the protagonist, to the point where my agent at the time would laugh in despair over this peculiar habit (and spend five years trying...
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Jun.26.2010
When I was first starting off as a writer, endings of novels were always a problem with me. For some odd reason, I tended to end all of my novels with the death of the protagonist, to the point where my agent at the time would laugh in despair over this peculiar habit (and spend five years trying...
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Jun.09.2010
...and my new essay at The Nervous Breakdown website: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/jpsmith/2010/06/somewhere-else-in-the-universe/
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Jun.09.2010
Here's my latest article at The Millions: http://www.themillions.com/2010/06/the-trick-of-it.html
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Oct.09.2009
So a month has nearly passed, and since that time I’ve received and signed a contract to write the script. In fact, I’ve already written a first draft. In a way, this is my second assignment, my first—a much more difficult one—being to adapt my first novel The Man from Marseille as a screenplay; a...