Robert Caro, Robert Gottlieb and the Art of the Edit

From a New York Times column by Pamela Paul headlined “Robert Caro, Robert Gottlieb and the Art of the Edit”:

Making movies about writers is notoriously difficult, though the temptation is clear. After all, filmmakers, like authors, are storytellers, and are drawn to other people who tell them. But as with any other kind of story, clich├ęs often do those movies in: The poet laments via ponderous voice-over narration. Words clack across the screen letter by letter in Smith Corona font. The writer bangs ardently at the keyboard when the muse strikes and stares moodily into a landscape when she fails to show.