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The Cabin

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  124 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In these mordant, elegant, and often disquieting essays, the internationally acclaimed dramatist creates a sort of autobiography by strobe light, one that is both mysterious and starkly revealing.

The pieces in The Cabin are about places and things: the suburbs of Chicago, where as a boy David Mamet helplessly watched his stepfather terrorize his sister; New York City, wher
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 30th 1993 by Vintage (first published 1992)
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Mamet thinks he's Hemingway or something. Which doesn't make for a bad collection.
Joel Fishbane
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is, I think, a glorious thing to read any essay by David Mamet, especially in a moment of disillusion. He has the ability to cut through the great chafe of life and, in a prose that is lean but never anorexic, reveal wisdom in all areas: art, lust, guns, even campaign buttons. I will probably forever remain undecided whether he is better served to be known for his plays and films or his essays: the former are more popular and something has to be said for that. Then I read "The Cabin" for the ...more
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The essay form calls for a truckload of self-knowledge and not a little self-involvement to generate entertaining glances into an author's life or experiences. Not really a straight memoir or self-analysis, David Mamet's The Cabin is a collection of thought pieces that most times invite the reader to laugh, but just as often force the reader to wonder what exactly Mamet is trying to accomplish, leading to boredom or potential eye-rolling.

The best pieces in this collection combine Mamet's abrupt
Brian Sobolak
Mar 16, 2008 rated it liked it

I read this over the weekend, and it was my first exposure to David Mamet. I love his stories, especially some about his early experiences in Chicago and New York. (Yes, Wabash *is* more Chicago than Michigan Avenue. And the WFMT announcers absolutely do talk like he suggests. Still.)

I'll finish reading The Village soon where the prose is a little less stilted and comma-prone than The Cabin was.
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not really a book. Some wonderful prose that made me want to read a real story or even autobiography by Mamet. But it is too slight and not really a fully formed thing. Some of the stories/essays/memories are a single paragraph long and not connected to anything else. Leaves things disjointed and wanting more.
Dana Jerman
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Mamet should write more stuff like this. Snippets from his life and overheard stories.
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
mamet's power lies in his precise and clever language; this autobiographical collection is fascinating; i can't imagine a more gratifying way to spend an afternoon!
Sep 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Forced read by the lit arts teacher. Again, worthwhile.
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good read. Smooth, sad, lonely, and insightful. The author let me know him and I like him.
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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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