David Mamet – week two

I’m still in there and I’ve reached lesson 15 of 26. Mamet dismantles two of his most famous plays – “American Buffalo” (a tragedy) and “Glengarry Glen Ross” (a drama), showing how the plot structure works in each.

Then there’s advice about writing dialogue and how to leave out exposition and narration. The message here is “Take off the excess flesh!” A great example of this is the juggler Michael Moschen, who can juggle with 14 balls, but can still entrance us with just one ball: