On Writing 28

Anton Chekhov once said, "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." Some writers might add: but do it sparingly. 

In the conversations that follow, Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, Paul Auster and Mike Figgis talk about writing novels as well as films. One idea that runs through both interviews is that, while novels and screenplays are different forms, there is a similar challenge with each: the balance between evoking enough, without saying or showing too much. In this issue, these writers talk about that and more.

On The Back Page, as the baseball season is in full swing, we feature a one-act play called The Shot by Charlie Peters.

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