This is personal . . .
HARPER is the film that made me a P.I. writer, made me decide at 15 to write for a living. So I owe my career to Paul Newman as much as I do to Ross Macdonald. But when someone dies at 83 after a long and productive life, why is that a bad thing? Let's celebrate his life, watch all the films he's left us--not to mention popcorn and pasta sauce--instead of bemoaning the fact that he's gone. Let's give a big thank you that he was ever here.