Reminiscence and Diversions
By David Mamet
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679747208, 176pp.)
Publication Date: November 30, 1993
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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.
David Mamet is the author of various plays, including American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize), and Oleanna. He has written and directed the films Homicide, House of Games, and Things Change (written with Shel Silverstein), and has written the screenplays for The Untouchables and Hoffa. He is the author of tow previous collections, Writing in Restaurants and Some Freaks. Mamet lives in Massachusetts and Vermont.
"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."
"A delight...there is a lean, masculine quality to his essays."
-- Baltimore Sun