This Day in Santa Monica

 

At Il Forno, David Mamet’s favorite restaurant. The interview will appear in due course on the website of the Wall Street Journal, but I can tell you now that the nation’s greatest living playwright quoted Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Charles Krauthammer, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bible.

P.S. The espresso proved flawless.

There are 20 comments.

  1. Matthew Inactive

    Outstanding bibliography.

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    • October 30, 2013, at 2:26 AM PDT
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  2. Giantkiller Member

    Exciting prospect – Peter, do you know if the interview will be behind the paywall at WSJ? I may have to finally pony-up for a subscription.

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    • October 30, 2013, at 3:33 AM PDT
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  3. Percival Thatcher
    Peter Robinson: …the nation’s greatest living playwright quoted Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Charles Krauthammer, the Constitution of the United States and the Bible.

    What, no Groucho Marx?

    I look forward, as always, to the next Uncommon Knowledge.

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    • October 30, 2013, at 3:42 AM PDT
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  4. Marion Evans Inactive

    This photo looks like a painting. Very nice.

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    • October 30, 2013, at 3:54 AM PDT
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  5. Western Chauvinist Member

    Always with the “coffee” and the “esteemed.” That’s some life you lead, Peter Robinson.

    Looking forward to the listen.

    • #5
    • October 30, 2013, at 5:15 AM PDT
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  6. mask Inactive

    Great. Looking forward to it.

    • #6
    • October 30, 2013, at 5:25 AM PDT
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  7. Karen Inactive

    I’m so looking forward to this!

    • #7
    • October 30, 2013, at 5:38 AM PDT
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  8. Scott R Member

    Hope he wasn’t eating during the interview. Mamet can be lovably clueless in an artsy-genius kind of way, explaining his tendency to give radio interviews while chewing. At least it sounds like chewing.

    Looking forward to the interview. As a primer, here’s Andrew Ferguson’s great piece on Mamet’s conversion from a couple years ago.

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    • October 30, 2013, at 5:40 AM PDT
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  9. Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    Nice!

    • #9
    • October 30, 2013, at 5:53 AM PDT
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  10. Profile Photo Member

    What on Earth is Mamet doing with his left hand?

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    • October 30, 2013, at 5:58 AM PDT
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  11. Giantkiller Member
    RightinChicago: What on Earth is Mamet doing with his left hand? · in 0 minutes

    Tsk, tsk – to the pure, all things are pure. Titus 1, 15

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    • October 30, 2013, at 6:07 AM PDT
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  12. Spin Coolidge

    Peter, I know we have to let you go, but one last question: what’s it like? You have interviewed so many amazing people over the years. Whats it like to be that guy?

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    • October 30, 2013, at 6:32 AM PDT
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  13. MikeHs Inactive

    That looks like a good interview. Yeah, the interview. It looks like a good one. The interview. Looking forward to hearing it. The interview. Looks good.

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    • October 30, 2013, at 9:37 AM PDT
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  14. Peter Robinson Founder
    Peter Robinson Post author
    Spin: Peter, I know we have to let you go, but one last question: what’s it like? You have interviewed so many amazing people over the years. Whats it like to be that guy? · 3 hours ago

    What’s it like? Humbling. Every person I interview–every last one of them–knows more than I do. All the guests just have such fascinating minds.

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    • October 30, 2013, at 10:27 AM PDT
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  15. Spin Coolidge

    Every time I listen to the podcast I think “How are those people so dang smart?” Well except for Rob. No, including Rob! Not really. I’m kidding!

    Ok, anyway, so you are saying there are people even smarter than you? Man…

    Peter Robinson
    Spin: Peter, I know we have to let you go, but one last question: what’s it like? You have interviewed so many amazing people over the years. Whats it like to be that guy? · 3 hours ago

    What’s it like? Humbling. Every person I interview–every last one of them–knows more than I do. All the guests just have such fascinating minds. · 7 minutes ago

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    • October 30, 2013, at 10:50 AM PDT
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  16. namlliT noD Member
    Giantkiller: Exciting prospect – Peter, do you know if the interview will be behind the paywall at WSJ? I may have to finally pony-up for a subscription. · 7 hours ago

    GK — Not to worry; the Uncommon Knowledge episodes are freely available as YouTube videos from the Hoover.org web site. Enjoy!

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    • October 30, 2013, at 11:08 AM PDT
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  17. Doctor Bean Thatcher

    Can. Not. Wait.

    By the way, if you’re excessively humbled by the minds of those you interview, please let me buy you lunch the next time you’re in Los Angeles. You’ll feel much better about your mind, and I’ll get to be a gawking fan and demand your autograph.

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    • October 30, 2013, at 11:11 AM PDT
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  18. namlliT noD Member

    Wow. That is excellent to hear.

    • #18
    • October 30, 2013, at 11:31 AM PDT
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  19. Bereket Kelile Member

    That picture looks somewhat romantic. Maybe it’s the restaurant.

    On a more serious note, though, I’ve heard Mamet in bite-size amounts on radio and so I’m looking forward to getting the full flavor of his commentary at length and without interruption.

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    • October 30, 2013, at 12:04 PM PDT
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  20. Crow's Nest Inactive

    In my next life, I want to come back and do what Peter does.

    Looking forward to the interview.

    • #20
    • October 31, 2013, at 12:26 PM PDT
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