The Cabin

The Cabin

Reminiscence and Diversions

By David Mamet

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780679747208, 176pp.

Publication Date: November 1993


In these mordant, elegant, and often disquieting essays, the internationally acclaimed dramatist creates a sort of autobiography by strobe light, one that is both mysterious and starkly revealing.

The pieces in The Cabin are about places and things: the suburbs of Chicago, where as a boy David Mamet helplessly watched his stepfather terrorize his sister; New York City, where as a young man he had to eat his way through a mountain of fried matzoh to earn a night of sexual bliss. They are about guns, campaign buttons, and a cabin in the Vermont woods that stinks of wood smoke and kerosene -- and about their associations of pleasure, menace, and regret.

The resulting volume may be compared to the plays that have made Mamet famous: it is finely crafted and deftly timed, and its precise language carries an enormous weight of feeling.

About the Author
DAVID MAMET is a director as well as the author of numerous acclaimed plays, books, and screenplays. His play "Glengarry Glen Ross" won a Pulitzer Prize, and his screenplays for "The Verdict" and "Wag the Dog "were nominated for Academy Awards. He lives in Santa Monica, California

Praise For The Cabin

"Enormous powers of observation...he has an ear for language."

-- LA Weekly

"A very worthwhile collection...Mamet walks a line between provocation and enticement, and its precariousness almost always compels attention."

-- Newsday

"A delight...there is a lean, masculine quality to his essays."

-- Baltimore Sun