Complementing his 1971 book, The Screenwriter Looks at the Screenwriter ( LJ 8/72), teacher, teleplay writer, and producer Froug interviews 13 contemporary movie and TV writers plus two agents, including Dan O'Bannon ( Alien , 1979), Anna Hamilton Phelan ( Gorillas in the Mist , 1988), Jack Epps Jr. and Jim Cash ( Dick Tracy , 1990), and Diane Frolov (TV's Alien Nation and Northern Exposure ). Despite praise for several weak films and a discriminatory lapse labeling Top Gun (1986) ``art,'' this is an enlightening and entertaining guide for prospective writers as well as the casual moviegoer. Director versus writer, movies versus TV, film school versus solo writing, scene arrangement--these issues and more are addressed. Recommended.--Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.