Wednesday, November 21, 2007

David Mamet and Penthouse

I heard on Terry Gross once that before he became a renowned writer of snappy dialog, David Mamet wrote stories for Penthouse.

If I ever become a pornography writer --- I should interrupt at this point and mention that I have no plans to do so, not even in the very weak sense that I plan to win the lottery without hactually buying tickets, but one never knows the twists and turns that life throws at us. For example, I had planned on becoming a professor but that seems not to be panning out, so I need to have a plan for all the various exigencies life throws me way --- if, as I was saying I should ever become a writer of pornography, I would like to write porn in the manner of David Mamet.

"Where is it that you want me to stick it?"

"This is the place that I want you to stick it."

Etc. Etc.

3 comments:

Kate said...

That is the funniest thing I've heard in a long time.

And I suppose it's funniest if you do, indeed, know who Mamet is and could see what a brilliant homage that dialog was going to be.

Kate of Le monde de fromage de Kate

Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

Thank you. I'll let you know if I ever get the job.

Jennette said...

This will really come in handy when you apply for that job I sent you from Craigslist...