How does it make you feel when you notice your favorite writer recycling quite a bit of his material from previous projects and a favorite youtube video discovery this week.
By Pam Quinn (Writer)
I’m a fan of Aaron Sorkin.
He’s a fantastic writer and some of my favorites of his are: The West Wing, Social Network, A Few Good Men and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (gone way before its time). Now, Crazytown writer Gregory Jacobs-Roseman has previously touched on the following video in his blog: IN AARON SORKIN’S DEFENSE, but I only recently I came across this youtube video consisting of a complication of the mans work. Honoring him? Doesn’t feel like it. Exposing him? Perhaps. You be the judge:
Now this video makes me feel things as a writer. I am notorious in my small circle of actors and writers as someone who writes a ton of jokes in one play and often recycles them into several other pieces hoping to eventually find a permanent home for them. But I’m Pamela Eberhardt... meaning... Who the hell gives a crap? Who am I? (YET, Dear God... otherwise, what am I doing?) When one of my plays gets PUBLISHED... then I will freeze everything in that play and will NOT use that material again. The jokes stop being funny if you hear them too many times and the characters don’t seem as original if they’re all saying the same crap. But it seems to have worked for Mr. Sorkin and who am I to judge a multi-millionaire who probably doesn’t give a crap that he plagiarizes himself? Frankly, "I don’t know who should be more embarrassed, Aaron Sorkin or the poor bastard who sat in front of countless hours of Sorkin footage trying to expose him.” - Pamela Eberhardt on Facebook 7/14/2012
Upon my Sorkin research I also came across a glorious video which is now my favorite clip of the week. Enjoy, I don’t see how you can’t.
PAM QUINN Moved to California from New York at age 14 and entered the professional world of writing at 17 on the west coast. By her 20th birthday she had three original works produced in the Los Angeles area. Rising from sketch comedy writing and a background in theatre, Pam collected what she had learned over the years and compiled it into playwriting. She began collaborating on an idea for an original musical (Right Together, Left Together) with Will Collyer and Jacob Harvey. Since moving back to New York in ’05, Pam hasn’t stopped breathing this idea. She co-founded The Unknown Artists (www.theunknownartists.org) with Emily Clark and continues to be prolific within this fantastic company. www.uaplayclub.wordpress.com
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