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acting and writers

In a little bit there's Nora on RTE, a movie about James Joyce's wife, Nora Barnacle, or possibly their relationship, with Ewan McGregor playing Joyce. I was thinking (yeah, it happens once in a while, what can you do): when an actor is playing a musician, say, a piano player, they can do some camera tricks to convince you that the actor is playing. Which, if the actor is acting properly, goes a long way towards creating character. But with a writer, it's just all in the head. Flunting pieces of paper around won't do. Which brings me to my point: how is it that people that have never written (fiction in particular) relate to that? Is there some kind of society-wide mental image of what a writer must be? And how does that affect the price of potatoes in the winter?


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Posted by diego on April 5 2003 at 8:11 PM

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