Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Literary Encounter: David Kipen
David Kipen has made a career talking, writing about books. He started a new job last year as the Director of Literature for the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Kipen is one of the most interesting people you'll ever want to meet. He has a book called the "Schreiber Theory" which discusses the important role of the screenwriter in film. Let's face it: a writer for the screen doesn't get the same kind of recognition that a novelist or playwright would get. "The time is ripe," David said, noting that the Nobel Prize went to the first screenwriter ever. Prize winner Harold Pinter wrote for the screen as avidly as he did for the stage. Some of Pinter's work for the screen included "The Last Tycoon" and the adaptation of "The French Leiutenant's Woman." Here's to the screenwriter.