David Mamet, “Oleanna”

After rewatching “Wag the Dog,” recently, my friend Marty insisted that I read some of David Mamet’s other works, because I hadn’t. THE LOWDOWN Published: 1993, 80 pp. Obtained via: Marty Date started: 5.19.07 Date finished: 5.24.07 What I liked: The rapid-fire dialogue. What I didn’t like: The rapid-fire dialogue, sometimes. It’s possible to rush […]

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Tom Wolfe, “I am Charlotte Simmons”

Charlotte Simmons is a back-country girl who’s first in her high school class and an all-around genius — which gets her sent to proto-ivy Dupont. Her self-righteousness and surety barely masking fear seem like a pretty common freshman scenario to me. Confronted with her classmates’ nonstop partying and expensive lifestyles, she eventually gives in and […]

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