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May 24th
Mr. Roth wrote of the everyday people, buildings, streets and mores of the city, often with palpable and wistful affection.
May 24th
He loves the crowds, the crowds love him, and his appearances attract hundreds and even thousands of fans. One the eve of publication of his new book, “Calypso,” the love fest continues.
May 23rd
Here is a sampling of reviews of the prolific author’s work, an essay he wrote and an interview he gave.
May 23rd
"A massive fraud, the evil sum of his deficiencies, devoid of everything but the hollow ideology of a megalomaniac."
May 23rd
"What else is there to say? As a kid, he taught me if was okay to be weird."
May 23rd
In his 60s, Roth produced several exceptional novels, including “American Pastoral,” “The Human Stain” and “I Married a Communist.”
May 23rd
Philip Roth, one of the country's most celebrated writers, has died at 85. Roth was known for work that was funny, often gross, and deeply connected to his Jewish roots. He won numerous awards, and was often talked about as a contender for the Nobel prize…
May 23rd
During his tenure, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper presided over a tumultuous time for the intelligence community. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Clapper about his new book, Facts and Fears, and what he sees as the future of the in…
May 23rd
The influential novelist won almost every major literary award, but still found the writing process was full of discovery. "Each and every sentence is a revelation," he said. Roth died Tuesday at 85.

LONGTIME LITERATI MEMBER
TAWNI O'DELL
ANNOUNCES HER NEW SCREENPLAY

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A message from Tawni…

Four people sit in a doctor’s office. Fifty students sit in a lecture hall. A hundred people sit on an airplane. They check their phones, navigate their tablets, listen to their iPods, gaze at TV screens. What’s missing from these scenes? Give up?

NOBODY’S READING!!

Did you know that one out of four American adults didn’t read a single book last year? Not ONE book! Yet these same people checked their phones at least a hundred times a day and spent at least five hours a day on social media. People don’t think anymore; they Google the answer. They don’t experience the world; they’re too busy taking pictures of it with their phones. They don’t experience each other; a family sits together in a restaurant and texts other people. You’ve all seen that and if you’re anything like me, it upsets you, it saddens you but most of all, it scares you.

All of this was weighing heavily on my mind when I sat down six months ago to write my first original screenplay, Rewrites.

Considering the weightiness of the topic, you might think that Rewrites would be a serious movie but it’s not. It’s a really funny comedy about a young man who’s on a mission to try and get more people to read by ironically using a medium he believes is making people more stupid: reality TV. He comes up with the idea to make a competition show about writers. No one wants to do it. Writers are boring, he’s told, so he makes it himself. Much of the humor comes from Theo’s efforts to get his show made but as the film progresses it becomes something much more, something poignant about family, friendships, reinvention and how a single person can transform lives in the most unexpected way.

Rewrites is special to me because of the message behind it which is a timely one. I can’t wait a decade or more for the Hollywood machine to finally get around to making it. I also don’t want to hand it over to someone else who might not stay true to my story. So, like Theo, I’m making it myself. I’ve started a production company and assembled an A-list team with an impressive list of industry awards and years of experience who believe in me and my work and will make Rewrites with an excellence that matches my words. The only thing I still need is you.

Next month I’m launching a crowd funding campaign to finance Rewrites. I’m asking you to help spread the word and to stay in the loop through our social media sites (Tawni O’Dell and Rewrites.) For more detailed information prior to the launch contact us at: rewritesthemovie@gmail.com.

I’m excited to share this new phase of my career with my fans, my readers, my supporters, my loved ones. Along with being a writer, I’m also a sister, daughter, aunt, friend and neighbor, world traveler, cross country runner, taxpayer, AAA member, Steelers fan . . . and most importantly a mom. I have two great kids that I’ve raised on my own and I give a lot of thought to the world we’re leaving behind for our children.

I’m not going to come up with a gizmo to eliminate ozone-eating particulates from smoke stacks. What I contribute to the world are my stories, stories that inspire, that make you think, that make a difference. This time — instead of writing a book — I’m making a film . . . about books. I hope you’ll join me.


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