Magazine October 2, 2017, Issue

David Mamet’s Prescience

Writer, director and executive producer David Mamet takes part in a panel discussion of HBO’s “Phil Spector” during the 2013 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, Calif., January 4, 2013. (Gus Ruelas/Reuters)
Oleanna anticipated today’s campus ‘rape culture’ fights

In 1992, eight years after Glengarry Glen Ross won a Pulitzer Prize, the American playwright and film director David Mamet premiered his newest work before an audience of Brown undergraduates. Oleanna, which dramatizes a series of increasingly nightmarish conversations between a professor and his student, would go on to receive the kind of press that most writers can only fantasize about, with the Village Voice heralding it as “a tragedy of language that Wittgenstein might have relished” and the Boston Globe declaring that Mamet had “raised outrage to an art form.” The student audience, however, had a different reaction. “Don’t

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