Taken as a whole, the essays in The Cabin present the closest we have yet to come to a memoir from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Speed-the-Plow. The pieces in this volume are spare and pointed: episodes, both terrifying and thrilling, from childhood; impressions of a romantic young man; the ...
Taken as a whole, the essays in The Cabin present the closest we have yet to come to a memoir from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Speed-the-Plow. The pieces in this volume are spare and pointed: episodes, both terrifying and thrilling, from childhood; impressions of a romantic young man; the strangely familiar tales of a traveler; and eerily exotic moments of retrospection.
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-10-25 This pleasurable amalgam of travelogue and reminiscence explores Mamet's early years in Chicago and New York and his current life as a successful playwright. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-11-16 In an amalgam of travel and reminiscence, playwright Mamet ( Glengarry Glen Ross ) recalls salient points about growing up in Chicago: his physically abusive stepfather, a YMCA summer camp, riding the El and a popular radio station that filtered the city's heady mix of populist and intellectual cultural strands. In other essays he waxes nostalgic about Manhattan's Chelsea district, where he struggled as a writer in his late 20s, and contrasts ``playing proletariat'' in 1960s Greenwich Village with his placid life in a renovated row house in Boston's South End where he and his wife enjoy ``our own two-person Bloomsbury salon.'' Other pieces deal with Mamet's Vermont cabin, rifle practice, taking golf lessons in Scotland, a bemused trip to the Cannes Film Festival, inhaling asbestos on a factory job and a hop through various London districts by way of their tea shoppes. If Mamet's clean, spare prose here lacks the vernacular bite of his previous essay collections, it is nonetheless pleasurable. (Dec.)
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