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In the final analysis, we would be remiss not to acknowledge there is a component of Mamet’s personality and thought process that both presaged and set the stage for his political conversion. This is the man, after all, who almost single-handedly resurrected the con-man thriller, stuffing enough beguiling twists and turns into films like The Spanish Prisoner, House of Games, and Heist to make The Sixth Sense look like the celluloid equivalent of a paint-by-number portrait. David Mamet likes to surprise — and it’s fairly certain he succeeded with Village Voice readers in March.
One of the best essays in Bambi vs. Godzilla invokes the phrase “age and express yourself,” ostensibly to explain why, at age 60, Mamet now feels comfortable knocking Laurence Olivier’s acting chops while copping to a love of Tony Curtis. But it is not difficult to see how this attitude — “I need not believe the drivel that is spoken around me, I feel lighter already” — could seep into other areas of thought.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?