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by David Mamet

Viking; 180 pages; $16.95

David Mamet's principal occupation is writing bruising plays (Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow) and film scripts (The Verdict, The Untouchables). Not surprisingly, the characters in these works are defined by what they do, not what they say. If their words count, it is because Mamet counts their words, using as few as possible to make his point and move his plot.

Some Freaks, like the author's previous collection of commentary, Writing in Restaurants, is a break from the demands of a difficult craft. It is also a chance for the playwright to mouth...

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