“"Right, Don," Steve said. "We are going to take the essence of you and find the story."..."I mean no disrespect," I said. "But what is wrong with the Don in the book?" The question came out of my mouth more personally than I wanted.Steve sat thoughtfully and collected his ideas...."In a pure story," he said like a professor, "there is purpose in every scene, in every line of dialogue. A movie is going somewhere."That last like rang in my ear like an accusation. I felt defensive, as though the scenes in my life weren'' going anywhere. I mean, I knew they weren't going anywhere, but it didn't seem okay for anybody else to say it...."What Steve is trying to say," Ben spoke up, reaching for the jar of olives, "is that your real life is boring.""Boring?" I blurted."Boring," Ben repeated."Boring," Steve reluctantly agreed.”
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