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5.0 out of 5 stars A short but complex look inside the head of one of the best dramatists of modern times, 30 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Three Uses of the Knife (Diaries, Letters and Essays): On the Nature and Purpose of Drama (Paperback)
An intriguing insight into Mamet's thinking. Raises some interesting points not only on the nature of drama but on the nature of life. Mamet has a great eye for observing random things and making connections that you never noticed were there. Or may not actually be there but are certainly entertaining.

It's a thin book but that's probably best. Mamet's writing is dense and often inaccessible in places, for the sake of the average brain don't spend more than ten minutes at a sitting with it or you'll either a. end up with a headful of mush or b. end up missing a lot. Mamet's complex yet spartan prose crams a lot in, a couple of pages go a long way.

This is the first thing of his I've read that wasn't a script. Absent is his usual snappy dialogue and hip talk, my only disappointment with it as, to me, that is David Mamet's signatures (and one of the pleasures of reading/watching his plays and films). In places it is hard to follow, many pages need 2 or 3 reads to appreciate his point but that same devious mind is still there.
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