Show Business: Lights! Camera! Author!

Many writers are turning to acting for fun and profit

"A writer must write what he has to say, not speak it," said Ernest Hemingway. But times change and so do writers. If The Old Man and the Sea were published today, Papa would probably play the old man—and perhaps the fish too. And if he did not, no doubt Norman Mailer would volunteer for the role, and perhaps such other aspiring actor-writers as George Plimpton, James Leo Herlihy or Jerzy Kosinski would audition. Nowadays it is almost as fashionable for writers to act...

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