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I have just spent an entire semester studying the directing techniques of pulitzer prize winning Director, David Mamet. Basically, I just spent the entire semester learning what makes naturalistic movies terrible; and that objectivity in shot composition and sound, logical plots make for superior movies. Reading his book "On Directing Film" always reminded me of "The art of Fiction", and both books are the only ones on my desk.

I guess I should have seen this coming, but I wasn't going to get my hopes up, given that he's a creature of hollywood. Then in the Village Voice, he announces that he is no longer a "brain dead liberal", and calls Thomas Sowell "our greatest temporary philosopher".

http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-03-11/new...-dead-liberal/1

It made my day to find out that such a respected giant in the field of movie making is also as huge a fan of Sowell's works as I am.

These sort of things don't happen too often, but it is pleasant when you stumble upon something like this

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I enjoy Sowell’s work very much, but he is not a philosopher. I don’t personally even know what his philosophy is, because although I have read articles written by him he doesn’t talk about fundamental ideas. To call him “our greatest contemporary philosopher” based on agreement with his views on the free market is rather shallow. So is Mamet’s transformation from an “idealist” who believed people are good but corporations and governments are evil, to a cynic who now believes people are corrupt but that “we just seem to work it all out” regardless.

He could do a lot worse than Sowell, I’m just not impressed with this article. :)

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yeah, but it sure beats the hell out of finding out that he's a raving socialist, bumping shoulders with Fidel Castro, or something.

You could make the argument that Mamet was talking specifically about political philosophy, economic philosophy, or maybe Sowell's overall Zeitgeist (which IIRC, is a benign form of conservatism).

There's only a few better alternatives that he could have named, but a hell of a lot more worse alternatives.

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