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Yes, No, Mamet?

October 04, 1992

I have never cared for Mamet's plays, not for political reasons but because of the predictability and narrow scope of his work. His essays, though, suggest a lively and precise mind.

Now I read of Mamet excoriating the acting teachers who humiliated him as a young man. Then, two paragraphs later, he describes his systematic humiliation of his own students.

I, too, am "scared for this country" but not because we don't appreciate the dubious greatness of Mamet.

ELLEN MARGOLIS

Santa Barbara

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