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by David Mamet

An elegantly packaged collection of theatre essays from America's most popular playwright Renowned playwright, screenwriter, poet and essayist David Mamet explains the necessity, purpose and demands of drama. A celebration of the ties that bind art to life, Three Uses of the Knife will enthral anyone who has sat anxiously waiting for the lights to go up on Act 1. In three tightly woven essays of characteristic force and resonance, Mamet speaks about the connection of art to life, language to power, imagination to survival, public spectacle ot private script. Self-assured and filled with autobiographical touches Three Uses of the Knife is a call to art and arms, a manifesto that reminds us of the singular power of the theatre to keep us sane, whole and human."Mamet's writing is tight, spare, and as accurate and ruthless as a scalpel" Sunday Times
Download Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama (Diaries, Letters and Essays) epub
ISBN: 0413771334
ISBN13: 978-0413771339
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts
Author: David Mamet
Language: English
Publisher: Methuen Drama; F First Edition Used edition (March 14, 2002)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1931 kb
FB2 size: 1132 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 685
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The book shows a publisher's date of 1998, so it pre-dates the rise of social media and Orwellian control of our means of communication. Mamet is 10-15 years ahead in his analysis of media, feminism, men and women, and the future of television and cinema. For this reason, I suggest buyers file this book in the reference section of their library. I bought it first in 2000, gifted numerous copies to friends, and pulled it out again just yesterday for a 4th read. It resonates stronger today than when Mamet penned his words. Perhaps this is why reviewers of this book are somewhat less than enthusiastic. Were they to re-read it today, their star rating would rise. Yes, Mamet can get hung up on the flies in the ointment, but he also foretells well in advance of the general public. A keeper.
This book's unfulfilled promise hung in the back of my mind until I finally reread it and realized that my previous review was a comment on my own mental state at the time, not on the book itself.

When read as a series of loosely connected monologues regarding the philosophy and art of storytelling this is as good as all the other 5-star reviews say it is. Short but deep; not superficial, must be read as much emotionally as logically.

Original confused review:
I don't remember where I read this book praised so very highly that I bought it that day, so I don't remember the context. I found it meandering to the point it was almost incomprehensible. Perhaps I'm just not privy to Mr. Mamet's particular sort of genius, but I found little to benefit my writing life.
You will find no better explication of drama. Period. Mamet is a genius with words and emotions. This treatise is as valuable for a novelist or a storyteller as it is for a screenwriter or playwright. Absolutely astounding.
Mamet is known as a pioneer of the theatre. He was one of the first to use pure dialogue as action, thus begat Tarantino and a million other "gritty" talk-fests. But here, Mamet writes three essays about WHY we like to watch. He analyzes the human nature of wanting to view drama: be it Hamlet, the weather, or a close football game. They all captivate us. But why? Like the writings of Peter Brook, or Stanislavski, each reading bears new fruit. Some of it will pull the rug out from under the "hero-worshipping" theatre crowd. Some will give a sigh of relief. All of it is revealing.
Sadaron above the Gods
I think that this book follows Mamet's M.O. to a tee - It is very erudite, yet I find myself laughing. His writing is very thought provoking in this essay on using your writing to convey meaning. It is not his best book, but it is certainly worthy of the 1 hour it takes to read.
I think this book, as other Mamet books, benefits by his ironclad belief that there is one way to do things. He may actually argue that his POV is not consistent with my last sentence, but he is such an ornery S.O.B., that it is simply a pleasure to listen to him go off on his tirades and tangents.
Will this book allow you to write better? - Maybe. Will this book thoroughly entertain you and enlighten you with Mamet's POV on the issue? - Absolutely. It reads almost like fiction.
A thought-provoking book. Mamet cuts through the drivel of television news and skewers the "information age." Along the way he sheds light on how a story teller, dramatist, playwright or novelist can construct a meaningful drama.
Mamet is Mamet. If that doesn't say anything to you, then buy the book or watch Glengarry Glen Ross or House of Games
Great insights, biting words and wise observations on human communication from one of the great writers of our era.