Writing in Restaurants
Writing in Restaurants; Exuvial Magic; Life in the Theater
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet offers his insights, philosophies, and observations on life, theater, and himself
Temporarily putting aside his role as playwright, director, and screen-writer, David Mamet digs deep and delivers thirty outrageously diverse vignettes. On subjects ranging from the vanishing American pool hall, family vacations, and the art of being a bitch, to the role of today's actor, his celebrated contemporaries and predecessors, and his undying commitment to the theater, David Mamet's concise style, lean dialogue, and gut-wrenching honesty give us a unique view of the world as he sees it.
I. Writing in Restaurants
Capture-the-Flag, Monotheism, and the Techniques of Arbitration
A National Dream-Life
A Tradition of the Theater as Art
Stanislavsky and the American Bicentennial
An Unhappy Family
Some Thoughts on Writing in Restaurants
II. Exuvial Magic
III. Life in the Theater
"Essays in direct line from Stanislavsky, Chekhov, Shaw, and Brecht"
"Writing in Restaurants is rich with anecdotes . . . composed in precise mellifluous language."
"Passion, clarity, commitment, intelligencejust what one would expect from Mamet"
"Graceful, forceful, hortatory essays of a profoundly moral writer of our time"
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