Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Quote of the Day

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Luck, if there is such a thing, is either going to favor everyone equally or going to exhibit a preference for the prepared. When I was young, I had a teacher who said that everyone, in the course of a twenty-year career, was going to get the same breaks—some at the beginning, some at the end. I second and endorse his observation as true. “Luck,” in one’s business dealings, and “talent,” its equivalent onstage, seem to reward those with an active and practicable philosophy.

—David Mamet, True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor

Written by nevalalee

April 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

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  1. I reserve the right to be wrong…

    However, after reading this…

    “The poker player learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong; that the bumblebee can fly; that, perhaps, one should never trust an expert; that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by those with an academic bent.

    DAVID MAMET, Writing in Restaurants”

    I think I might be right. I would not put it past him to critique himself.

    And writing in restaurants…

    Yes, I could do it!!

    Arthur

    April 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

  2. “Luck, if there is such a thing, is either going to favor everyone equally or going to exhibit a preference for the prepared…”

    So…

    True AND false?

    Arthur

    April 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

  3. And then a personal question…

    Are you any good at poker yourself?

    I think you just might be…just a hunch.

    Arthur

    April 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

  4. I’ve actually never been in a serious poker game, largely because many of my poker-playing friends are intimidatingly good. I do play an excellent game of video poker, though.

    nevalalee

    April 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm

  5. “If you intentionally throw away a winning hand, a “magician” appears and replaces the losing result with a hand that pays the predetermined amount”

    God, wouldn’t this be nice in life…

    Hey, David what were you saying again?

    Arthur

    April 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

  6. “I’ve actually never been in a serious poker game…”

    I’m willing to gamble…

    that you’re wrong.

    serious poker game
    (it’s called an audition)
    :)

    Arthur

    April 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  7. no — let me correct…

    a read through
    ???

    Arthur

    April 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm


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