If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Elmore Leonard (born October 11, 1925) packed his popular westerns and crime thrillers with gritty details and realistic dialogue—no surprise, then, that many of his stories were made into blockbuster movies with Hollywood’s biggest stars. Think 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre, Valdez Is Coming, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Jackie Brown (a Quentin Tarantino adaptation of Rum Punch). Even before he was in the spotlight, though, Leonard—as a fifth grader in Detroit—wrote a play inspired by the book All Quiet on the Western Front.
Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore.
Happy birthday, Thea Dorn! The award-winning German writer (real name Christiane Scherer) focused on philosophy and theater studies in school, and she chose her pseudonym to allude to philosopher Theodor Adorno. She is largely known for her crime fiction, though she has also felt at home with theatrical pieces and as a TV host for a literary program.