Skip to comments.David Mamet's Coming Out Party
Posted on 05/28/2011 1:53:45 PM PDT by annalex
Mr. Mamet has written a book-length, raucous coming-out party: "The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture." (If only the Voice editors had been around to supply a snappier title.)
Hear him take on the left's sacred cows. Diversity is a "commodity." College is nothing more than "Socialist Camp." Liberalism is like roulette addiction. Toyota's Prius, he tells me, is an "anti-chick magnet" and "ugly as a dogcatcher's butt." Hollywood liberalshis former crowdonce embraced Communism "because they hadn't invented Pilates yet." Oh, and good radio isn't NPR ("National Palestinian Radio") but Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt.
The book is blunt, at times funny, and often over the top.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
... and then see what happened.
For those who don't know, David Mamet is a talented and accomplished playwrite and film director. Among his works are Glengarry Glen Ross, Wag the Dog, The Spanish Prisoner, and others you'll probably recognize.
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Some funny lines in those excerpts. Good stuff to put on the back
cover side of the book as a teaser.
So the author maintains that:
1) Mamet believes that Prager, Medved, and Hewitt presently comprise “good radio” for a guy who lives in LA. (I guess he streams his amateur radio?)
2) Orson had no idea about the 180 Rule prior to Citizen Kane.
Both of these assertions are completely unbelievable.
Funny, I’m reading this book right now. A little strange in its pace, but I guess that’s to be expected from a playwrite.
“Put down that coffee! Coffee is for closers!”
The book doesn’t come out until June 2nd. Do you know a guy who knows a guy? Did it fall off the back of a truck? I’m patiently waiting for its release.
I couldn't help it. I've always admired David Mamet's work.
He is perhaps the most accomplished and versatile in his field(s) since Orson Welles.
And I am so gratified that he literally thought his way through all of this -- even as he was surrounded and adored by the liberal glitterati.
Thanks for posting.
Consider this idea - what often lies at the root of the con is the love of the exercise of power. With all that implies. It stops being about money, about greed after a while.
I’m a big fan of Mamet’s work, especially Glengarry Glen Ross and Oleanna. If you watch those films, its really hard to believe that the person who wrote them was ever a liberal. He probably had conservative leanings his whole life, but didn’t really know it. Given this, Mamet’s “conversion” is no surprise.
House of Games is a great, underrated movie.
Each character speaks as if his lines were a monologue and any connection to the other chaacter's monologue is one of either after-thought or subtle surprise.
IOW...in much of his work his characters do not interact but operate separately in the same space and often with thought processes that intersect (not interact).
Don’t forget Spartan with Val Kilmer.
That was the turning point for him after he befriended the founder of DELTA FORCE and Val Kilmer’s character was based on him.
After that, he co-produced THE UNIT on CBS. A buddy of mine here in L.A. who worked on the Unit on the 2nd unit/camera spoke to him numerous times and he’s NOT an idiot.
“For those who don’t know, David Mamet is a talented and accomplished playwrite and film director.”
Indeed! However — and this is a nitpicky point — the word is actually “playwright.” This implies that a play is wrought, made, or constructed. However, the act of writing a play is still “playwriting.”
“Most were given to him by his rabbi in L.A., Mordecai Finley.”
Hey, that’s me! Just kidding. The funny part is that Rabbi Finley was my favorite Rabbi while I attended the largest, Reform (mega-liberal, entertainment industry) synagogue in Los Angeles.
There are a few politically conservative Rabbis in this town whose identities will be kept secret to protect their livelihood.
(Yes, Finley is an Irish name, and he had an Irish shock of red hair, when I knew him 17 years ago.)
I too am looking forward to the book.
And Aled Baldwin really wasn’t acting when he ripped into the sales team in his cameo scene......
The same can be said of the fim "The Edge" starring Anthony Hopkins and Alex Baldwin, screenplay David Mamet.