There are two books on my must-read list this summer: The first is David Mamet’s The Secret Knowledge, his very own coming-of-age memoir about his political conversion from Left to Right (which NRO recently excerpted here).
You could tell as far back as Oleanna that Mamet — as a real artist should — was willing to let the logic of his dramatic vision override any politically correct considerations, but this book will still come as a shock his former fellow-travelers, and it will be interesting to see how it — and he — are received henceforth on Broadway and in Hollywood. In a series of coruscating essays, which somehow manage to be both scathing and measured at the same time, Mamet ascribes his change of heart to Friedrich Hayek and Thomas Sowell, an influential rabbi, and his own keen insight, which finally forced him to reconcile his vision as a writer with cold reality.
The second is Paradise Lost. Yes, I know: Backward ran the sentences until reeled the mind, as they used to say about Time magazine. But if you’d like to understand what’s going on in America right now, and what the next election is really all about, Milton is your man. You might even learn a new word or two.
— Michael Walsh, as David Kahane, is author of Rules for Radical Conservatives.
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