My Shower with the Supervisor

I am a compulsive, obsessive swimmer.

I swim 1700 meters (just over a mile) seven days a week at UCLA’s incomparable Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Since joining the film faculty in the ‘70s I have swum (literally) eleven thousands miles in the Donald K. Park Pool. That’s like swimming to New York and back, and back again, and yet again, plus another several hundred miles, more or less, placing me at the time of this writing approximately thirty-four miles outside Tulsa, stroking east.

So what?

So this: actors, singers, and especially dancers recognize that their body is their instrument. Writers have a harder time engaging this notion. Many of us think we write with our minds, but we do not. Writing is not about the head but the heart; it is not about thinking but feeling.

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