A few years ago, I was becoming interested in the works of playwright
David Mamet. I had recently seen and enjoyed the movie State and Main
with, among others, Philip Seymour Hoffman. It reminded me that I had
earlier enjoyed House of Games which was also written and directed by
At the time, I was working with Michael Chanslor on post
production and music for one of my projects and it was during one of our
discussions that covered everything from Amos 'n' Andy to Derek and
Clive that the subject of David Mamet came up. Michael asked if I'd ever
read David's play Oleanna. When I told him that I had not, he offered
me his copy of the play to read.
In the following weeks, I made
time to read the play and found it very engrossing. I enjoyed it so much
that I re-read it a few times knowing that, at some point, I would need
to give it back to Michael. If you haven't had the pleasure of this
compelling story of a professor and his female student, I highly
recommend that you read it.
One afternoon, I was going to visit a
friend who was in the hospital in Santa Monica and I stopped at a
florist shop on Wilshire Blvd. to buy some flowers. Since the shop was
in the vicinity of a few hospitals, it was not surprising that they were
busy and their small parking lot was full. As I was idling in the alley
behind the shop thinking about where to look next for a place to park, a
man waved to me and indicated that he would be leaving momentarily and I
could take his space. During the few minutes it took for him to leave, I
realized it was none other than David Mamet who had offered me his
As I waited for David to load his car, I thought
how nice it would have been if I had the copy of Oleanna with me
relishing Michael's reaction to having his copy returned with an
inscription and signature from the author. It was one of those 'Oh,
well' moments that could have and should have happened but didn't.
waved a thanks to David as he drove away and pulled into the vacated
space. Getting out of my car, something on the back seat caught my eye.
It was Michael's copy of Oleanna.
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They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
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"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
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