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In Memory of Larry Fagin (1937–2017)

This weekend the poet Larry Fagin passed away at the age of 80. The author of numerous books, and former assistant director at the Poetry Project, he founded Adventures in Poetry as a journal in the 1970s. It became a small press publisher in 2001. At Cuneiform, Kyle Schlesinger writes “Larry always stressed the importance […]

Tom Raworth, 1938–2017

In a PennSound Daily entry, Michael S. Hennessey relays the saddening news that Tom Raworth died on Wednesday, after a long battle with cancer. Raworth had prepared his friends, admirers, and readers for the prospect in a startling note in late January, setting off a few false alarms, as Charles Bernstein noted in a Facebook […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 283: Director Disorientation — Transcript

9 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 283 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. We are starting off the New Year with a new round of the Three Page Challenge, where we take […]

Director Disorientation

9 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig look at the newly-negotiated DGA deal, and what it portends for writers -- in particular, TV showrunners and those who want to direct.

Scriptnotes, Ep 282: The One from Paris — Transcript

9 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Bonjour et bienvenue. Je m’appelle John August. Aline Brosh McKenna: Je m’appelle Aline Brosh McKenna. John: Et vous écoutez l’Episode 282 de Scriptnotes, un podcast sur l’écriture de scénarios et des choses intéressantes pour les scénaristes. Aline: Ah, très bien. Très bien, Paris. John: So we are here in Paris. That’s why I’m […]

The One from Paris

9 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John welcomes Aline Brosh McKenna to the City of Lights, where they answer listener questions about cheating reality and bilingual characters.

Scriptnotes, Ep 281: Holiday Homeopathy Spectacular — Transcript

10 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 281 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Except not today, because today on the podcast we’re not going to be talking about screenwriting at all. Rather, […]

Holiday Homeopathy Spectacular

10 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss post-scriptum depression, that low feeling you sometimes get when finishing a screenplay.

Scriptnotes, Ep 280: Black List Boys Don’t Cry — Transcript

10 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hey, this is John. So, today’s episode has some swearing in it, so if you’re in the car with your kids, maybe save it for later. Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 280 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting […]

Black List Boys Don’t Cry

10 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss post-scriptum depression, that low feeling you sometimes get when finishing a screenplay.

Scriptnotes, Ep 279: What Do They Want? — Transcript

10 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 279 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we will be looking at how characters tell us what they’re after, either with or […]

What Do They Want?

10 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig look at how heroes let us know what they're after, with or without a song.

Scriptnotes, Ep 278: Revenge of the Clams — Transcript

10 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 278 of Scriptnotes. It’s a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we are looking at phrases that have been banned from comedy writing rooms. Craig: […]

Revenge of the Clams

10 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig look at phrases that have been banned from comedy writing rooms, and more generally why making a list of what you will never do can help you figure out what you should do.

Scriptnotes, Ep 277: Fantasy and Reality — Transcript

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 277 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we are going to be looking at the ways that writers and screenwriters in particular […]

Fantasy and Reality

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John look at how writers, and screenwriters in particular, impact the way people think about things in the real world. From crime scenes to courtrooms to CPR, we simplify things for storytelling and leave audiences with skewed expectations.

Mammoths of Mercy

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Writer-director Chris Sparling joins John and Craig to discuss his new film Mercy, and what it’s like to make a movie for Netflix. Then it’s another round of How Would This Be a Movie, with stories including ex-girlfriends, fake news, and permafrost ivory.

Twelve Days of Scriptnotes

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

In this very special episode from 2014, Craig and John welcome special guests Aline Brosh McKenna, Rachel Bloom, B.J. Novak, Jane Espenson and Derek Haas to talk about writing books, movies and especially television.

This Feeling Will End

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

In this Scriptnotes Extra, Craig and John discuss the melting dread they experienced this morning and hopefully offer some succor.

English is not Latin

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig look at how movies and TV shape the English language, and how writers should think about their role in all of this. We also examine the uncomfortable overlap between rom-com characters and stalkers.

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