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Make-Believe Town: Essays and Remembrances Paperback – January 1, 1997
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Overall: very good and required Mamet reading for any fan.
On the positive side, the book consists of 24 short essays, of which a few are among the most wonderful that I have ever read. Of particular interest was a story about gambling in Chicago. It is worded so beautifully, that the reader aches when it finishes. Another story is about his days as a copy editor on a pornographic magazine that is rather entertaining. Finally, there is an essay that all would-be writers will love called �The Diner� that discusses the craft of writing in relation to where one writes � as well as a number of takes on screenwriting, etc. I�ve left out a ton of great essays out, but this at least gives a window into the breadth that this book covers.
On the offensive side, I too am a Jew. However, Mamet becomes so �Us v. the Christian them� in some of the stories that I was actually turned off to him as a person. One essay criticizes �Shindler�s List� as being a terrible movie as if Mamet has ever written or directed anything as powerful. In another, he talks on the subject of minority rights in such a way that I want to slap him upside the head and tell him to quit his whiney driveling. Finally, in the wake of September 11th, his criticism of the government and their military actions were enough to cause me to put the book down.
As is always the risk in personal essays, some make me value Mamet as a talented writer, and some make me want to see his career come to a bitter end. The only way you too can judge is to buy this book and read it. At the end of the day, I�m happy I went on the journey� but wanted to warn you all about some of the sights.
A better term would be "megadeath weapons". Even though it sounds techno-trendy.