Los Angeles TimesAn article about Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson.
October 12, 1997
"Ever the self-starter, Anderson began writing as a teenager, and he mentions David Mamet, J.D. Salinger, David Rabe and lyricists Michael Penn (whose music can be heard in Boogie Nights), Aimee Mann, Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson as writers he admires. Among his earliest efforts was the script for The Dirk Diggler Story, a half-hour short he shot on video in 1987, which contained all the elements that were later expanded into Boogie Nights."