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Make-believe town : essays and remembrances

Author: David Mamet
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Make-Believe Town brings together David Mamet's acute insights into everyday life, the arts, and politics. These pieces evidence Mamet's love of language, particularly the introductory essay, "Eight Kings," which celebrates the private languages of carpenters, carnival workers, and all crafts and trades, and "The Northern Novel," which propounds Mamet's affection for the line of American fiction exemplified by Willa
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Genre/Form: Motion picture plays
Biography
Named Person: David Mamet
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Mamet
ISBN: 0316543403 9780316543408 0316550353 9780316550352
OCLC Number: 33983260
Description: x, 207 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Eight Kings --
Gems from a Gambler's Bookshelf --
Sex Camp --
Memories of Off Broadway --
Homespun Fop --
Girl Copy --
Greg Mosher --
Delsomma's --
The Diner --
The Northern Novel --
Deer Hunting --
Between Men and Women --
The Screenplay --
"It's Necessary for the Scene" --
The Jew for Expert --
Art as a Helping Profession --
Demagoguery --
Self-Help --
The Recrudescence of the Swimming-Pool Joke --
Cleansed by Death --
Make-Believe Town --
Memory --
Minority Rights --
In Every Generation.
Responsibility: by David Mamet.

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Make-Believe Town brings together David Mamet's acute insights into everyday life, the arts, and politics. These pieces evidence Mamet's love of language, particularly the introductory essay, "Eight Kings," which celebrates the private languages of carpenters, carnival workers, and all crafts and trades, and "The Northern Novel," which propounds Mamet's affection for the line of American fiction exemplified by Willa Cather and Theodore Dreiser. Some of the essays are prose portraits from Mamet's life: "Deer Hunting" and "The Diner" delineate worlds far from the public eye. Make-Believe Town also contains beautifully written recollections of Mamet's early days as a writer ("Girl Copy"), his start in the theater ("Memories of Off Broadway"), his education as a gambler ("Gems From a Gambler's Bookshelf"), and bygone days on Broadway ("Delsomma's").

Mamet's incisive thoughts about public issues - support for the arts, nudity in films, the roles given Jewish characters, even the posthumous rehabilitation of Richard Nixon - round out a far-reaching collection.

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