As she prepares for opening night Feb. 19, Mamet talks to Janice Kaplan about selfishness, awkward sex and her famous father.
Mamet again: Our current societal (as opposed to cultural) development is burdened by the presence of 'Good Ideas.'
The real Mamet is an actor who became a writer and had a real sense of the criminal and the sleight of hand in American life.
They were hitting on all cylinders as they mined the acrid ore of Mamet's singular cynicism.
I'll scroll instead to the previous paragraphs—and to Mamet's fierce hostility to the study of art and literature.
But theater and political theater are not the same, and Mamet mistakes his own contribution.
These are not points that Mamet sets out to prove, mind you.
Mamet is very much the product of the Hollywood conservative subculture—embattled, militant, and defiant.
Mamet: Now we see the Liberal Young [caps in originals - a weakness of his] not flocking but stampeding into film schools.
And after all these years of my appearing on his show, for some reason he wanted to see me in that Mamet play I did, November.