The Village Voice is not known for publishing conservative manifestos, but then, David Mamet isn't your typical conservative or conservative convert. It was in 2008 (not exactly a time when people were blocking to the conservative cause) that Mamet wrote an essay published by the Village Voice entitled "Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal'". Now Mamet has a book out about his political epiphany, The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, and although I generally don't like current political conversion stories or manifestos, I confess myself curious to read it.
I went through a Mamet phase in college and read all of his plays that I could lay my hands on, and since he turned to movies I've been enjoying seeing him hit more of a balance between his characteristically stylized dialog and telling a story. While you don't get much spectacular dialog than Blake's rant in Glengarry Glen Ross (language warning: Mamet makes Quentin Tarantino sound like a schoolboy)
It seems to me that Spanish Prisoner is a better movie qua movie:
And from that point on Mamet's movies have generally balanced story and style rather than relying entirely on the latter.
Still, the author of Sexual Perversity in Chicago turns conservative? I feel like I have to read it just to find out what he's up to.
Then and Now
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