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November Vintage [PDF / EPUB] November Vintage David Mamet's new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander in chief It's November in a Presidential election year and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for re David Mamet's new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander in chief It's November in a Presidential election year and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for reelection are looking grim Approval ratings are down his money's running out and nuclear war might be imminent Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post White House life Chuck isn't ready to give up just yet Amidst the biggest fight of his political career the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys — saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving — and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support With Mamet's characteristic no holds barred style November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.

  • Paperback
  • 132 pages
  • November Vintage
  • David Mamet
  • English
  • 15 September 2015
  • 9780307388803

About the Author: David Mamet

David Alan Mamet is an American author essayist playwright screenwriter and film director His works are known for their clever terse sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing as well as for his exploration of masculinityAs a playwright he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow As a screenwriter he received Oscar nominations for Th.

10 thoughts on “November Vintage

  1. says:

    This is a lacerating play satirizing Americana in all its forms not just politics I so wish I had seen Nathan Lane in the lead for which the cover alludes to The only diminishing factor is our current political reality has become even crazier making this dated somewhat However I still laughed a lot which is exactly what “We the People” all need right now

  2. says:

    Finished reading this the day the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage which is a nice little piece of kismetPlay is funny but doesn't feel overly Mamet but it's still a little fucken Mamet uite jaded but I'm excited to see this when it gets produced locally later this year Love how it's one set over 24 hours A stage manager set designer's dream

  3. says:

    I wish I had never read this Don't be like me

  4. says:

    Some humorous moments but has become somewhat dated since I saw it onstage in 2009 Better to see it live than on paper

  5. says:

    It might seem odd that the year Mamet declared that he was no longer a brain dead liberal in a belligerent op ed with that phrase in the title was the same year he decided what America really needed was a farce about a dim witted President who's basically a caricature of George W Bush and who loves to threaten everyone with being sent to Guantanamo style military prisons It's also a little ironic that the main difference between President Smith and the public image of GWB as a lost doofus is that Smith is also fantastically corrupt and will turn on a dime from mouthing respect for American traditions to denouncing them out of pettiness since when you put all those things together you basically get our current chief executive of whom Mamet is now a huge fan But it all makes sense if you read past the title of that op ed to see that he thinks what makes liberal bleeding hearts so brain dead is a delusion that people are good whereas an enlightened real man knows they are all terribleEveryone in November is terrible in different and not very interesting ways; but Smith definitely seems to be closer to the author's heart because he's at least a little creatively and unapologetically so and all of the moments in the play that are actually funny which for me happened about two or three times come from seeing him be the only person who's really trying The idea that he doesn't just misunderstand the silly tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey but turns his misunderstanding into a scheme to extort a fortune from the turkey industry by threatening to pardon all the turkeys in America is a pretty good joke However the fact that Mamet sets up that joke by saying Smith got the idea from the outrageous pardon record of Bill Clinton even though Clinton was far outdone in that department by Reagan and Nixon is very typical of the rest of the play in that it basically assumes the audience listens to a lot of right wing talk radio and accepts that view of the world as common sense From that point of view Mamet might think he's being gallant in making Smith's lesbian speechwriter a basically sympathetic character in the sense that she's only trying to pursue her own self interest and wouldn't try to destroy Thanksgiving if Smith weren't forcing her to a subplot that makes absolutely no sense by the end of the play; Mamet seems to just forget at some point that Smith's original reasons for doing this no longer apply but she's still a Limbaugh style caricature in that she admits to being an America hating radical at heart while also writing her anti patriarchal rhetoric in such a by the numbers way that she clearly doesn't give a crap about those principles either and also since she's a woman she'll do anything to get a child When it comes to the crazed Native American politician who's out for Smith's blood we don't even get as much nuance as that—he's just a cliché spouting cartoon which is supposed to be funny all by itself because it's so politically incorrect Being Mamet there are some nice turns of phrase now and then but it's still painful embarrassing stuffPossibly the worst role is the one person who isn't stupid the President's right hand man Brown whose only reason for existing is to mildly say cynical but sensible things that Smith will ignore I can't imagine a director or actor enjoying trying to make something out of this but apparently people are still doing it and I've even heard people say it's timely now—as if a stupid and venal President was something that took any imagination to depict in 2008 I've also recently heard things like wow it even has a subplot about 'bird flu' from China which I guess means that people have really short memories since avian flu scares have been in the news many times since 1997 The main thing it accomplished for me was retroactively making Oleanna seem better

  6. says:

    It's been a while since I've read Mamet Ideally I guess it shouldn't be read it should be seen but nobody was putting on a performance of November near meThis is about a president as it gets closer and closer to election day and the poll numbers aren't looking good It's about desperation loss failure and frustration among other things but it also happens to be very funny Mamet's not generally known for his imagination but he builds a lot out of very little here and the story uickly turns screwballThe play was written around the time Mamet's politics shifted conservative but the play doesn't have a political agenda Politics are involved one of the plot lines relates to gay marriage but it isn't about anything specifically left or right leaningThe play reads fast and has a number of very funny lines as one might expect but it's only looking back on it now as I'm putting this together that I realize all that it touched on It's probably too small to make a good movie but I'd love to see a live show with a strong cast

  7. says:

    Sometimes it's hard to laugh when it feels closer to reality than it was in 2008 but as comedies go it's really a smart one

  8. says:

    The usual Mamet dialog and male banter bonding Somewhat dated

  9. says:

    So for a long time I thought you had to finish any book put in front of you or any book you’ve started It wasn’t until my first year out of college when my college roommate’s mom enlightened me with the knowledge that I didn’t need to finish any book I didn’t want to This DEFINITELY fell in that categoryFirstly as a Mamet the dialogue flowed very uickly which may be one of the only things I enjoyed It felt performatively racist and brisk which again seems par for the course with him I found myself really liking the characters presented but not loving the overall plot

  10. says:

    I picked this one up at the library opened it right there at stayed at the library reading unable to put it down This is my first Mamet play and in spite of the crazy satirical premise I still expected it to be essentially dark but it's really not One can call it depressing only for the way it so accurately portrays modern American politics but it's hysterically funny and in the end not at all unkind I know that this is the play that caused Mamet to write his famous Why I am no longer a brain dead liberal column and come out as a newly minted conservative although the provocative title was not of his choosing However this story truly has no political slant except for being most decidedly non PC I recommend it to anyone even marginally interested in politics just be aware it does use some fairly colorful language though in a realistic rather than gratuitous way

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