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A Pat Hand

October 02, 1994

Jim Emerson's "I, Screenwriter" (Sept. 11) exemplified the politics of the "it's who -you-know-not- what -you-know" complaint heard around town.

Emerson basically says that he had no experience writing films, had a rotten pitch and yet--thanks to Julia Sweeney--found himself in the position of being a screenwriter on an $8-million comedy for Touchstone.

Discussing the development process as a befuddled outsider might be amusing for him, but for those of us who take the craft of screenwriting seriously, Emerson's bafflement is a bad joke.

Why not admit that if it wasn't for his relationship with Sweeney and Quentin Tarantino, Emerson would be reviewing "It's Pat" instead of writing it.

DOUG LEVEN

Los Angeles

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