A while ago I read David Mamet’s ALL CAPS MEMO and as with most people, thought it was brilliant. But there was one part that kept bothering me. A bit of advice Mamet gives that sounds brilliant but at the same time sounded totally wrong. And suddenly, a few moments ago, it dawned on me that this part of the memo was A BIG FAT JOKE.
In the Memo written to the writing staff of a failing TV show, Mamet says:
HERE ARE THE DANGER SIGNALS. ANY TIME TWO CHARACTERS ARE TALKING ABOUT A THIRD, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT.
Ha. Two words: American Buffalo.
An entire play about two characters talking about a third. You’ve been had, ALL CAPS MEMO READERS!!!