With people now embracing a paleolithic diet, when someone is labeled as being a Neanderthal or Cro-Magnon kinda guy, the slur is likely a reference to his mentality and lack of social skills rather than his use of leopard skin to make a fashion statement.
Ronin achieves, notwithstanding the sort of third act disappointment that affects all dramas that create a believable tension that must be brought to resolution, that timeless quality for which we can be thankful.
No matter how beautifully written or "literary," a novel resonates deeply because the storyline tugs powerfully at us. It upsets, confounds and presents chaos, conflict, imbalance and upheaval -- either within its character's mind or circumstances.
"Writing a stage play and a screenplay have very little to do with each other. A stage play is just dialogue. One has to be able to communicate the play through disputation. A stage play is basically a form of uber-schizophrenia."
The publishing houses are certainly not beyond reproach as judges of worthy literature. Yet, despite their warts, the publishing industry does serve a valuable role as an initial arbiter of literary quality (however flawed it may be).
Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.
We owe the special nuance of the word "innocent" to a striking case of mistaken identity. The point Mamet appears to be making in the HBO movie is that innocence is not a pure state of being to be detected by a jury of one's peers.
You want to scream, "Check out your sense of entitlement," at the characters in Paul Downs Colaizzo's richly evocative debut play Really Really, an MCC production downtown at the Lucille Lortel Theater, directed by David Cromer.
David Mamet's anger and passion is so intense that if he proclaimed this in a theater you'd be able to see the spittle settling like gentle rain on the patrons in the first few rows of the orchestra. Sadly, intensity is not all we have. It's accompanied by dreadful lack of reporting.