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Michael Tolkin is an American filmmaker and novelist. He has written numerous screenplays, including The Player (1992), which he adapted from his 1988 book by the same name, and for which he received the 1993 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. A follow-up book, Return of the Player, was published in 2006.

Tolkin was born in New York City, New York, the son of Edith, a studio executive, and the late comedy writer Mel Tolkin. Tolkin lives in Los Angeles with his wife Wendy Mogel (parenting expert and author of bestseller The Blessing of a Skinned Knee).

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Michael Tolkin I just found this question so I apologize for the delay. The two novelists I took as my literary parents are James M Cain and Patricia Highsmith. I…moreI just found this question so I apologize for the delay. The two novelists I took as my literary parents are James M Cain and Patricia Highsmith. I discovered them when I was around thirty, and they gave me the inspiration and confidence to write my own books. The Player is most directly a product of the two. I had the privilege of a month at Yaddo, the artists retreat in upstate New York, and my room there had the desk and rug Highsmith gave to Yaddo in her will. I like books with a well modulated perversity, and I find little to inspire me in best selling literary fiction. My script work... some combination of Fellini, Ford, Fassbinder -- yes, any filmmaker whose name begins with F... Ford Coppola, Fpielberg... ---- this year, the scripts that impressed me the most (made me itchy to be that good) were The Disaster Artist I, Tonya, Killing of a Sacred Deer. (less)
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Among the Dead

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It's not easy trying to catch a reader's attention when the news offers so much diversion. And then there's the return of Twin Peaks tonight. On weekends now instead of reading in the afternoon I go to galleries to see new art, but that means driving around this sluggish city through perpetual rush hour. At least the art is worth seeing and I'm looking at it without trying to evaluate it by sta... Read more of this blog post »
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