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David Mamet's Coming Out Party
The Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 28, 2011. | BARI WEISS

Posted on 05/28/2011 1:53:45 PM PDT by annalex

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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 liberals—his former crowd—once 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.

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(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: book; books; davidmamet; pages; thesecretknowledge
"Before he moved to California, Mr. Mamet had never met a self-described conservative or read one's writings. "

... 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.

1 posted on 05/28/2011 1:53:48 PM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex
Hollywood liberals—his former crowd—once embraced Communism “because they hadn't invented Pilates yet.”

My new tagline!!!

2 posted on 05/28/2011 1:58:49 PM PDT by Hildy (Hollywood liberals once embraced Communism "because they hadn't invented Pilates yet"- David Mamet)
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To: Hildy

LOL!!


3 posted on 05/28/2011 2:07:23 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: annalex

Some funny lines in those excerpts. Good stuff to put on the back
cover side of the book as a teaser.


4 posted on 05/28/2011 2:10:28 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: annalex

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.


5 posted on 05/28/2011 2:14:13 PM PDT by golux
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To: annalex

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.


6 posted on 05/28/2011 2:24:10 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: annalex
An epiphany of the same magnitude as that experienced by P.J. O'Rourke. My favorite line from Glengarry Glen Ross;

“Put down that coffee! Coffee is for closers!”

7 posted on 05/28/2011 2:28:05 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: LS

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.


8 posted on 05/28/2011 2:39:55 PM PDT by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: annalex
David Mamet is a talented and accomplished playwrite and film director.

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.

9 posted on 05/28/2011 2:46:42 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: annalex
My wife used to work in film production, and did costumes and makeup for Mamet's House of Games. She pointed out that one of his main recurring themes centered around the con - or how we use the con to weasel, cheat and defraud one another - and what that does to our character, our interpersonal relations and our worldview. So in some ways it's not surprising that Mamet would finally experience an epiphany regarding the biggest con, the greatest falsification of truth in modernity - communism, socialism and its bastard idiot offspring, modern American liberalism.

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.

10 posted on 05/28/2011 3:53:00 PM PDT by Noumenon ("One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: annalex

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.


11 posted on 05/28/2011 3:53:38 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: Noumenon

House of Games is a great, underrated movie.


12 posted on 05/28/2011 3:55:51 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: golux

Why unbelievable?


13 posted on 05/28/2011 3:56:52 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: stylecouncilor
There is a trick to Mamet's style, it is this...

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).

14 posted on 05/28/2011 4:06:59 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: annalex

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.


15 posted on 05/28/2011 4:24:15 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: annalex

“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.”


16 posted on 05/28/2011 4:34:02 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ("And I'm actually happy to be, for us to be the moat with alligators party." -- Mark Steyn)
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To: annalex

“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.


17 posted on 05/28/2011 5:28:21 PM PDT by LA Conservative (Defeat the Demogogic Party)
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To: Huskrrrr

And Aled Baldwin really wasn’t acting when he ripped into the sales team in his cameo scene......


18 posted on 05/28/2011 5:34:49 PM PDT by misterrob (You cannot call yourself a conservative if you support socialistic government programs!)
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To: annalex
Related thread: Converting Mamet
19 posted on 05/28/2011 6:15:17 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: rbg81
If you watch those films, its really hard to believe that the person who wrote them was ever a liberal

The same can be said of the fim "The Edge" starring Anthony Hopkins and Alex Baldwin, screenplay David Mamet.


20 posted on 05/28/2011 8:06:08 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: Noumenon
what often lies at the root of the con is the love of the exercise of power

Yes. Which is paradoxical. When a farmer plows a field he has exercized more power than any of us accomplishes on a treadmill. But it is not the power a con man craves. What he wants is the power to thwart justice: sin without judgement.

21 posted on 05/28/2011 8:09:51 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: lowbridge
Thank you. From your link:

“I never questioned my tribal assumption that Capitalism was bad,” he writes now, “although I, simultaneously, never acted upon these feelings.” He was always happy to cash a royalty check and made sure to insist on a licensing fee. “I supported myself, as do all those not on the government dole, through the operation of the Free Market.”

He saw he was Talking Left and Living Right, a condition common among American liberals, particularly the wealthy among them, who can, for instance, want to impose diversity requirements on private companies while living in monochromatic neighborhoods, or vote against school vouchers while sending their kids to prep school, or shelter their income while advocating higher tax rates. The widening gap between liberal politics and liberal life became real to him when, paradoxically enough, he decided at last to write a political play, or rather a play about politics. It was the first time he thought about partisan politics for any sustained period.


22 posted on 05/28/2011 8:13:57 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: okie01
I am attracted to Mamet's work as well. Three films that really stand out to me are House of Games, Spanish Prisoner, and Heist. His wife starred in all three (although it was a different wife in House of Games. In the first two, the characters seemed to speak in a monotone that gave an unusual quirk to the films. Heist was just a downright good movie.
23 posted on 05/28/2011 8:16:56 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: LA Conservative
Apparently this Rabbi Finley wore him down. One of the books Finley gave him that finally broke him was Thomas Sowell's A Conflict of Visions.

The Powerline guys have written some good stuff about Mamet's conversion:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/05/029032.php

24 posted on 05/28/2011 8:19:47 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Huskrrrr
Jack Lemon should have won an academy award for that movie.


25 posted on 05/28/2011 8:20:43 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: LA Conservative

BTW, how is it that a mega-liberal congregation accepted such a conservative rabbi? I’m amazed they tolerated him.


26 posted on 05/28/2011 8:23:44 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Huskrrrr

I watch this clip at least once a month, and have for years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-AXTx4PcKI


27 posted on 05/28/2011 8:31:57 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: annalex
What he wants is the power to thwart justice: sin without judgement.

True enough. As I've pointed out in my essay, Killers Without Conscience, The power to harm others – and to harm others without consequence - is irresistible to a profoundly evil subset of humanity.

28 posted on 05/28/2011 9:13:22 PM PDT by Noumenon ("One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Because anyone with ANY experience in film whatsoever - much less an Orson - knows about the line of action. Just as anyone knows that Prager, Medved, and Hewitt (if any of them are on in LA, which I doubt) have only one thing in common, which is that they are third-rate bookends for more talented, famous, and successful hosts.


29 posted on 05/29/2011 4:19:57 AM PDT by golux
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To: annalex

Anyone who saw “Oleanna” or his latest, the hilarious play “November” starring Nathan Lane, knew that this man was NO LIBERAL. He’s been conservative for years - mostly because of Israel but, now, maybe because of American cultural values. Good playwright!


30 posted on 05/29/2011 4:25:00 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (.)
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To: stylecouncilor

I love House of Games - so intricate! Also, he adapted the Winslow Boy and did a great job with it. Excellent movie.


31 posted on 05/29/2011 4:28:28 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (.)
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To: LS

He’s a very difficult essayist. He can be a very dificult playwright (try Cryptogram!!!)

My favorite essays of his are contained in “The Cabin.” His childhood - a middle class upbringing - was painfully cruel. His parents were psychos!


32 posted on 05/29/2011 4:37:36 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (.)
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To: golux

I’m sure they are on in L.A. - they’re here in NYC where I sometimes listen to them. They’re not my favorites but they can be very interesting at times. After so many years with NPR, maybe Mamet prefers the quieter conservatives (as opposed to Mark Levin, lol!)

Can you explain the line of action? I’m not in film so I’m lost here. Thanks!


33 posted on 05/29/2011 4:56:11 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Sure!

Wikipedia has a decent article on it, with a diagram.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/180_degree_rule


34 posted on 05/29/2011 5:03:12 AM PDT by golux
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To: FoxInSocks

Actually, yes. Since I’m a Sentinel author, I received an advance copy :)


35 posted on 05/29/2011 5:24:19 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: golux

Thanks!


36 posted on 05/29/2011 8:27:56 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (.)
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To: Noumenon

Good essay. See a post coming up there.


37 posted on 05/29/2011 10:18:18 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Yardstick

This is Ed Asner’s temple, that’s how liberal it is. There are more liberal ones in West LA and Santa Monica. This one is in Bel Air.

The answer to your question is that Rabbi Finley doesn’t do what the liberal rabbis do. While they confuse Judaism with socialism and the green movement, and denigrate Republicans, Rabbi Finley (gasp) teaches Judaism. Judaism is inherently compatible with conservative values, which makes sense considering the Torah is a book of laws, and is the basis of modern jurisprudence.

That’s why it drives me crazy, as it must with Catholics too, that our congregants and clergy have turned so far left-wing, and subjects the whole religion to scorn by conservatives who think “Jew = Socialist”.

I get that frustration and I feel it too. I have never felt more removed from my religion than I do now.

There are many theories why Jews tend to be very liberal and the subject has been covered well by Dennis Prager and Irving Kristol but it comes down to this:

1. Most Jews immigrated from Europe, where they were subjected to second class status and church-sanctioned harassment. The seeds of collectivism were quite strong by the time they emigrated to America.

2.Because of this history, Jews are susceptible to group think, regardless of their education or native intelligence. (Look at all the wealthy and famous Jews who were taken by that Democrat fund raiser, Bernie Madoff)

3. Jews were also discriminated in America, as were other ethnic groups, and became very involved in organized labor. If the Democrats welcomed them into the party, they became the recipients of Jewish loyalty, even though some of the most vile, antisemitic sentiment came from the left-wing, IE Father Coughlin.


38 posted on 05/29/2011 10:20:25 AM PDT by LA Conservative (Defeat the Demogogic Party)
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To: annalex
The New Republic's Jonathan Chait writes that the story is a familiar, Zionist one: "An increasingly religious Jew with strong loyalty to Israel, he became aware of a tension between the illiberal nationalism of his right-wing views on the Middle East and the liberalism of his views on everything else, and resolved the tension by abandoning the latter." Mr. Mamet calls this a "crock of s—."

Jonathan Shite is one of the stupidest liberal guilt yuppies writers I've ever had the misfortune to read.

39 posted on 05/29/2011 10:28:25 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Well, whatever works. Nationalism is a healthy instinct, Jewish or otherwise. I wish more Americans developed American nationalism though.


40 posted on 05/29/2011 10:40:17 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: LA Conservative

Exactly — he teaches Judaism to a bunch of liberals. How does he pull that off? It would be like a priest teaching evangelicalism to a liberal Catholic congregation. Somehow he is making it palatable to them, which strikes me as quite a feat. And it’s not like he’s hiding anything...he was open about planning to vote for Bush a couple of elections ago (according to Mamet). He must have an amazing knack for teaching and for diplomacy or tact or something.

I definitely understand that the tendency towards liberalism in Jews is mostly a response to their history. Hopefully that will change as they build up a new history here but I suspect it will be a very slow process.


41 posted on 05/29/2011 11:47:22 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Lancey Howard

Very motivating (or depressing). Thanks


42 posted on 05/29/2011 2:36:19 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Borges

ping


43 posted on 05/29/2011 2:39:24 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture The Secret Knowledge:
On the Dismantling of American Culture

by David Mamet
Kindle


44 posted on 06/03/2011 4:16:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Lancey Howard

how was the movie?


45 posted on 07/27/2011 10:17:55 AM PDT by Coleus (Adult Stem Cells Work, there is NO Need to Harvest Babies for Their Body Parts!)
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To: Coleus

Decent. Worthwhile. It’s tough to go wrong with that cast.


46 posted on 07/27/2011 11:13:06 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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