Recently I have been interviewed about freedom of speech in light of the threats from North Korea and the hacking of Sony Pictures because of the film The Interview. The questions I am being asked center around this one: “Do writers need to be more careful about what they write than before?” The answer, it would […]
As a writer, I recently completed a thriller, The Book of Zev, in which two questioning Jews are confronted with a Middle Eastern terrorist who intends to blow up the UN and Israel. This required me to research the Middle East, and some of what my research revealed was that the Israeli government had not […]
Writing a blog about a novel you spent years working on feels a little strange, as any discussion of a writer’s work by the writer seems to have inherent problems, mostly relating to the impossibility of objectivity and further, translation. Since writers, like actors, routinely take on the persona of their characters, not for reasons […]
People keep asking me why I, as a screenwriting teacher, wrote The Book of Zev as a novel. Although I am best known for my screenwriting expertise, since I began my practice over fifteen years ago as a writing coach, I have taught as many novelists as I have screenwriters. Major publishers such as Doubleday […]
Can a New York City cab driver and a beautiful private chef prevent a fanatical Middle Eastern dignitary from blowing up the United Nations and launching a nuclear attack on Israel in less time than it took God to create the world?