Los Angeles Times


This is an occasional series of personal essays about the impasse between the Writers Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Peter Tolan writes, produces, directs and co-created (with Denis Leary) "Rescue Me." His television writing credits include "Murphy Brown" and "The Larry Sanders Show," and his feature film credits include "Analyze This," "Bedazzled," "Just Like Heaven" and "Finding Amanda," which he also directed.

  • A shot at the Philistines

    "It is always the best policy to speak the truth -- unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar." -- Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) The AMPTP took out a full-page ad in several major national newspapers the other day with the aim of, in their words, "setting the record straight." Cue oil...

  • The future is practically written

    "I never think of the future -- it comes soon enough." -- Albert EinsteinHow many times in your life have you had a truly brilliant idea? You know the kind of idea I'm talking about. You're a modest sort, so it's just another fairly good germ of a notion when it's knocking around in your brain...

  • How to negotiate, or not

    "The argument from intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence." --Ayn Rand, "The Virtue of Selfishness" One major correction from last week: I wrote that my wife is a news junkie who loves the haranguing and name-calling that pass for news coverage on Fox and MSNBC. My sainted aunt!...

  • From the Strike Zone