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Three Uses of the Knife by David Mamet
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Jan 07, 2010

it was ok

In a word: convoluted.

Through his premise of describing the use and purpose of drama, Mamet hops from classic drama to psychology to bad tv to politics to blues music and back again, and the reader's never sure what his opinions are of any of it. For example, when he writes about the big speeches that come at the end of every second act he seems annoyed that they're there, but then he notes the greatness of the St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V.

There is some valuable information to be extracted from this mess, but I have to wonder if the David Mamet of today, who's produced an action-packed television show and who's made the conversion to Conservativism, would still hold the same opinions that he jotted down in seeming stream of consciousness in 1998.
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