Mamet

MAMET I’ve been reading the Cambridge Companion to David Mamet. Here are some interesting quotations: “Thematically, Mamet’s universe is strongly reminiscent of that of Jerome Bosch. Thematically and formally, [his plays are] also close to the...

London Fields

I didn’t finish LONDON FIELDS; I got one-hundred pages from the end and either got bored, went on vacation, or both. In a phrase: the book stopped pleasing me. Why? The key problem for me was the wild, self-aware prose which filled up 500 pages of an otherwise...

Lean

LEAN I read academic essays for a living. Most of them are really boring, but now and again I learn something interesting, for example like I did the other day: a student wrote about lean production (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lean_manufacturing) for his business....

Guilt

GUILT Since 18, I have replaced action with psychoanalysis or what actors call The Method, which is to say, I have replaced action with guilt. My guild expressed itself in my not having done enough or not having understood enough or undergone enough of the emotional...

Feedback

FEEDBACK I passed off a draft of a play to a few friends last month and immediately landed myself in some odd, annoying conversations. I started thinking about feedback in general, and I was reminded that there is perhaps nothing worse than unwanted feedback....

Fable

FABLE A few thoughts about Mamet’s writing, his aesthetic, performance art, and muffs: Currently, I’m stealing a Mamet plot and applying it to my own play (as part of a much-needed, and free, MFA Program from a university called Pull It Out of Your Ass). In mimicking...