In search of writers reading their work, I came across this circa 1990 documentary of Tim O’Brien. It’s really an amazing find, one that I can’t believe I’ve never seen before.
The film, just under 48 minutes, focuses on the stories found in The Things They Carried, how they were written and the inspiration behind them. It’s a mix of Vietnam footage, Tim with friends he served with, Tim at home writing, Tim being interviewed, Tim reading from his book. There are other writers talking about his work as well (Phillip Lopate, Carolyn Forche, etc.).
It’s an intimate documentary that takes the viewer into the heart of the writer.