In 2018, film and letters lost the great William Goldman. As far as movies go, he’s remembered best for The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and All the President’s Men, but his filmography also includes such classics as Heat and A Bridge Too Far (See a complete list of films and TV shows here).
Mr. Goldman was a master of dialogue, and anyone who’s seen The Princess Bride or Butch Cassidy knows that the lines are endlessly quotable. His prose style was colorful and direct, embodying what Mark Twain said about words: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug.”
Goldman wrote with lightning.
I thought it would be nice to celebrate William Goldman’s work with a blogathon–books as well as movies. Here are the rules:
- Posts, podcasts, or guest posts can be sent to me on or around November 15-17. New material only and no more than three entries, please.
- Posts can be about anything relating to William Goldman, his books (See a complete list here), or his films. Nothing derogatory will be accepted. Constructive disagreement is fine, though.
- Triplicates are allowed.
- Entries can be sent to me via Twitter (@TakingUpRoom), my Contact page, the comment section, or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Grab a banner and advertise the blogathon!
Taking Up Room: All the President’s Men (1976)
Realweegiemidget Reviews: Magic (1978)
Dubsism: A Few Good Men (1992)
Crimson Kimono: Marathon Man (1976)
Pale Writer: The Princess Bride (1987)
The Midnite Drive-In: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Harper (1966) and Misery (1990)
MovieRob: Magic (1978), Heat (1995) and Harper (1966)
Cinema Catharsis: Stepford Wives (1975)