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Acclaimed director Whit Stillman (above) has long aspired to be a writer--as evidenced in his recent novel The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards, based on his own 1998 film The Last Days of Disco.

Stillman, who lives in Paris, is now adapting Anchee Min's memoir Red Azalea for the screen.

Q: When did you realize you wanted to write?

A: I had an interview for college with a Harvard interviewer who wasn't interested in talking to me at all. And in guessing at what I wanted to do, I just recited what was essentially my father's career [Stillman's father was a lawyer and active Democrat who worked in the Truman and Kennedy administrations--ed.], and one experience I've had in life is often when we're answering a question, we realize that actually it doesn't ring true--and that's when the idea of wanting to be senator someday was not the ambition I wanted. …

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