3 Uses of the Knife

3 Uses of the Knife

On the Nature and Purpose of Drama

Book - 2000
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What makes good drama? And why does drama matter in an age that is awash in information and entertainment? With bracing directness and aphoristic grace, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross delivers a thrillingly original treatise on his art. To David Mamet, human beings are drama-creating animals who impose narrative structures on everything from today's weather to next year's elections. Mamet distinguishes true drama from its false variants, unravels the infamous Second-Act Problem, and considers the mysterious persistence of the soliloquy. Three Uses of the Knife is an inspired guide for any playwright or theatergoer that doubles as a trenchant work of moral and aesthetic philosophy. - Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2000.
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed.
ISBN: 9780375704239
037570423X
Branch Call Number: 808.21 MAMET
Characteristics: 87 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Three uses of the knife

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