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Ayn Rand and I remained close until she died in 1982, and I'm grateful for the influence she had on my life. I was intellectually limited until I met her. All of my work had been empirical and numbers-based, never values-oriented. I was a talented technician, but that was all. My logical positivism had discounted history and literature -- if you'd asked me whether Chaucer was worth reading, I'd have said, "Don't bother." Rand persuaded me to look at human beings, their values, how they work, what they do and why they do it, and how they think and why they think. This broadened my horizons far beyond the models of economics I'd learned. I began to study how societies form and how cultures behave, and to realize that economics and forecasting depend on such knowledge -- different cultures grow and create material wealth in profoundly different ways.


Ayn Rand and I remained close until she died in 1982, and I'm grateful for the influence she had on my life. I was intellectually limited until I met her. All of my work had been empirical and numbers-based, never values-oriented. I was a talented technician, but that was all. My logical positivism had discounted history and literature -- if you'd asked me whether Chaucer was worth reading, I'd have said, "Don't bother." Rand persuaded me to look at human beings, their values, how they work, what they do and why they do it, and how they think and why they think. This broadened my horizons far beyond the models of economics I'd learned. I began to study how societies form and how cultures behave, and to realize that economics and forecasting depend on such knowledge -- different cultures grow and create material wealth in profoundly different ways.


Ayn rand
Ayn Rand

“the lifeline feeding any social system is a culture’s dominant philosophy and . . . Capitalism never had a philosophical base” (24).




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David Mamet (1947 - )

Goddard College


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David Mamet (1947 - )

Goddard College

Founds theater company, S. Nicholas Theatre

Company


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David Mamet (1947 - )

Goddard College

Founds theater company, S. Nicholas Theatre

Company

Meets William H. Macy


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David Mamet (1947 - )

Goddard College

Founds theater company, S. Nicholas Theatre

Company

Meets William H. Macy

Brief stint in real estate


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David Mamet (1947 - )

Early dialogue plays


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David Mamet (1947 - )

Early dialogue plays

Radio plays


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David Mamet (1947 - )

Early dialogue plays

Radio plays

Emphasis on dialogue and speech


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David Mamet (1947 - )

Early dialogue plays

Radio plays

Emphasis on dialogue and speech

Sociolect: distinct idiom of a social group



Capitalist existentialism1
Capitalist existentialism

Water Engine: Chicago World Fair; pyramid scheme


Capitalist existentialism2
Capitalist existentialism

Water Engine: Chicago World Fair; pyramid scheme

American Buffalo: pawn shop


Capitalist existentialism3
Capitalist existentialism

Water Engine: Chicago World Fair; pyramid scheme

American Buffalo: pawn shop

Cons: House of Cards; The Spanish Prisoner


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Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)

Real estate idiom


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Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)

Real estate idiom

  • Leads


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Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)

Real estate idiom

  • Leads

  • Sales maxims (5th clip: 08:32)


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Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)

Real estate idiom

  • Leads

  • Sales maxims

  • Closing


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Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)

Real estate idiom

  • Leads

  • Sales maxims

  • Closing

  • Roma’s sale [first bookmark: 4:31]


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Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)

Real estate idiom

  • Leads

  • Sales maxims

  • Closing

  • Roma’s sale [first bookmark: 4:31]

  • The fabrication [second bookmark: 1:09]




How language works:

Threats

Fantasies


How language works:

Threats

Fantasies

Insinuations


How language works:

Threats

Fantasies

Insinuations

Robbery plot: just listening means being implicated [third bookmark: 0:45]



Talking too much

Levine reveals himself [1:23:46]


Dramaticinfluences:


Dramaticinfluences:

Samuel Beckett (dramatist of inaction)


Dramaticinfluences:

Samuel Beckett (dramatist of inaction)

Harold Pinter


Dramaticinfluences:

Samuel Beckett (dramatist of inaction)

Harold Pinter (dramatist of silence)


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