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Some Freaks

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The prize-winning playwright and author of Writing in Restaurants returns with a collection of pieces bound to provoke comment, controversy, and acclaim.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Penguin Books (first published 1989)
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Chuck O'Connor
Feb 03, 2011 Chuck O'Connor rated it it was ok
Mr. Mamet needs to take a break from drama and study a bit more philosophy if he wants his essays to have the same power as his plays. This collection suffers from too much sophistry, redundancy, and strawman argument and too little reason. He does have some great nuggets when he comments within his realm of knowledge like his advice to actors which states, "be what you wish to seem" but when he attempts political commentary, gender identity or epistemology he comes off as a demagogic and ...more
Aug 23, 2008 Kat rated it it was amazing
This a bizarre tale of carnies and who can resist spying on the lives of these mysterious folk! This is a story of people who live life on the fringe yet have the same feelings and problems that the rest of us have. Yet these problems play out so differently because of the odd decisions they make (probably a result of their odd upbringing). Interesting and entertaining book:) Especially if you feel different and enjoy being different.
Jun 30, 2013 Travelin rated it it was amazing
Not absolutely certain this is the collection of essays I've read, but if it has an astonishing insight into the origins of Superman, well, there you go.

David Mamet may be an egomaniac but he's our little egomaniac.
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A great collection of essays from Mr. Mamet.
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David Alan Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity.

As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for Th
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