‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’

On Salon.com, Laura Miller is shining (note the foreshadowing) a spotlight on the most evil writers ever to appear on screen:

Every so often, though, filmmakers tell us what they really think about those perverse souls who cling to the fusty old medium of print — namely that they’re pretentious, manipulative, insecure and overly fond of the sauce.  And, you know what? They’ve got a point….

Hey, I resent that.

Easy to guess who tops the list in what has always been, for me, one of the scariest scenes on film – not any of the expected attack scenes, but the buildup starting with Jack (Nicholson) Torrance’s writer-interruptus tantrum:

…leading to the one where the vulnerable Wendy (Shelley Duvall) peeks at Jack’s writing.

I make it a habit to leave my midpoint-manuscript lying about so no family members worry I am merely tapping out “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” compulsively, over and over and over, so no key wears out faster than another.

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