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Author:
David Mamet
ISBN13:
978-0805242072
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0805242074
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Publisher:
Schocken; First Edition edition (October 10, 2006)
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Sociology
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David Mamet's interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have internalized that hatred

David Mamet's interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have internalized that hatred. Using the metaphor of the Wicked Son at the Passover seder (the child who asks.

Jewish Book Council, founded in 1944, is the longest-running organization devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature. Mamet’s argument is with the Jew who has bought into anti-Semitism, who identifies as a Jew but who has no knowledge of Judaism, who feels obligated to learn about Kwanzaa but not Tu B’Shevat, who admires Anne Frank but not Israelis who defend their homeland, who turns his back on the struggles and achievements of his immigrant grandparents.

However, when dealing with such issues as anti-semitism and Jewish self-hatred, Mamet's approach is that of the psychoanalyst and the cultural theorist rather than the approach of the practitioner of sociology, history, or the cognitive sciences. Mamet's arguments are purposefully emotional and polemical and, while they do evince a certain Aristotelian rigor, they are not analytical examinations of their subject matter, leading to a certain level of (perhaps deliberate) abstraction.

Part of the Jewish Encounter seriesAs might be expected from this fiercely provocative writer, David Mamet’s .

Part of the Jewish Encounter seriesAs might be expected from this fiercely provocative writer, David Mamet’s interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have themselves internalized that hatred. Written with the searing honesty and verbal brilliance that is the hallmark of Mamet’s work, The Wicked Son is a scathing look at one of the most destructive and tenacious forces in contemporary life, a powerfully thought-provoking and important book.

Download The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred, and the Jews (Jewish Encounters Series) PDF. Laura Young.

To David Mamet, too many Jews are negative, weak, defeatist, ignorant and ungrateful. Far from hiding his background, like so many in his business, Mamet embraced it, then shoved it in everyone’s face. His Jewish characters were neither the celluloid conversos nor the neurotic nebbishes that Hollywood (and all those Jews who run the place) so adore, but uncloseted fighters. There wasn’t a George Costanza or Jenny Cavallari or Fielding Mellish in the bunch. But there was a slight problem with Mamet’s Jews: They were unrecognizable.

David Mamet's interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have . The Wicked Son : Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred, and the Jews.

David Mamet's interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have internalized.

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Part of the Jewish Encounter series. As might be expected from this fiercely provocative writer, David Mamet’s interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have themselves internalized that hatred.

Part of the Jewish Encounter series.

The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Jewish self-hatred, and the Jews is a collection of essays by playwright David Mamet, published by Nextbook/Schocken in 2006. Mamet confronts his readers: "The world hates Jews.

Part of the Jewish Encounter seriesAs might be expected from this fiercely provocative writer, David Mamet’s interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have themselves internalized that hatred. Using the metaphor of the Wicked Son at the Passover seder—the child who asks, “What does this story mean to you?”—Mamet confronts what he sees as an insidious predilection among some Jews to seek truth and meaning anywhere—in other religions, in political movements, in mindless entertainment—but in Judaism itself. At the same time, he explores the ways in which the Jewish tradition has long been and still remains the Wicked Son in the eyes of the world. Written with the searing honesty and verbal brilliance that is the hallmark of Mamet’s work, The Wicked Son is a scathing look at one of the most destructive and tenacious forces in contemporary life, a powerfully thought-provoking and important book.
  • Jewish Anti-Semitism (not a cute pun on Arab claims of shared Semite classification), has been with us as long as there have been Jews. Speaking as a Jew who finds it increasingly difficult not to dislike many of those who claim, as Mamet points out is their usual self-defining introduction, to "be Jewish but not ..." as they qualify what makes them more acceptable than run of the mill Jews. Well, as the child of European Jews who were the sole survivors of their respective large families, I follow the rule that if one is Jewish enough for a Nazi death camp, well that's Jewish enough for me and if one is Jewish, one ought not go out of one's way to undermine the survival of the Jews to curry favor with their worst enemies. That is a long-winded way of saying that even though I too am not particularly observant, I am not suicidal and I stand with Mamet and agree that that Rahm, Chomsky and Zinn types have done themselves, their fellow Jews and America no favors and just in case they don't know it, the people who hate Jews hate them too and will be happy to cut their heads off when the opportunity arises. A bonus for this reader of this book is that mamet really is a good writer even though I couldn't go for all 5 stars because it was a wee bit repetitive but, then again, so is the endless loop of Anti-Semitism and the frequent Jewish response of cringing self-hate that looks, walks and quacks just like Anti-Samitism too. A must read for those who can't figure it out and for those of us who probably can but wish we didn't have no many opportunities to do so.

  • I became interested in David Mamet from an interview I saw with him on PBS's The Charlie Rose Show. He came across as highly intelligent in a down-to-earth kind of way and very proud of his Jewishness. This prompted me to purchase this book, The Wicked Son. In it, Mamet rails against anti-semitic ideologies, anti-semites themselves, as well as "self-hating Jews". I find his raw, unapologetic writings on this subject matter to be refreshing, especially in the current climate of divisiveness in American Jewry. This book led me to purchase and read his book The Secret Knowledge, another intelligent text about Mamet's newly realized conservatism (please see my review). This book, I highly recommend. Five out of five stars! Keep your books coming, Mamet!

  • This book answered some questions for me about liberal Jewish philosophy- which has often puzzled me. Mr. Mamet has obviously thought much about it also and had the desire and patience to find answers. It is, as would be expected, well written. It is also well thought out. Hopefully, with Mr. Mamet's insight, we will learn to carry ourselves proudly and not be the cause of our own demise.

  • The writing and ideas in this book represent the best writing on the experience of being a "JEW" in America from the 60s to the present.
    Thank you Mr Mamet, especially for calling out Chomsky.
    Book gave led a lot more empathy, compassion and understanding of President Obama - who is not mentioned in the book. It is the way DM explained the "damned of you do, damned of you don't" explanation of how one is to act when half of you family is one ethnicity.

  • This is a perfect presentation of the American Jewish dilemma. Hard hitting but frank. If you would like a good comeback to anti-semites there is plenty in here and plenty of ammunition against the pseudo-intellectualized so called emancipated American Jewish elite. On a softer note it provides most of the rest of us a vindication and expression in words of how we feel in this increasingly anti- Israeli, anti Jewish American landscape

  • Yowza. Mamet's command of the English language really shines here. Mamet deserves every writing award that he's ever received.

    This book is a screed against apostate Jews: those who no longer believe in Judaism, and who are somewhat ashamed of their religion or culture.

    Yes, it is pedantic as a negative reviewer wrote.

    This book is for those who wish to understand non-believing Jews. This book is for Jews who are trying to figure out whether or not they believe, who are having a crisis-of-faith.

    But as a Christian of Jewish heritage (my father was an apostate Jew, we were raised agnostic), I find that the insights contained in this book shed light on Christian apostates (former believers) too. Maybe 80% of this book is applicable to Christians-turned-atheist/agnostic who then deny the Christian faith.

    And by extension, this book may be good for Christians who are having their own crisis-of-faith.

    It is a short easy read, but it is very meaty. Have a dictionary handy.

  • As Bill Maher said to David Mamet, "I knew you were Jewish, but I didn't know you were THAT Jewish!"

    Mamet is an exquisite and versatile writer who is unashamed of the English language and its resources. This polemic against Jewish disloyalty is eloquent and best read with a dictionary and thesaurus nearby.

    For all the beauty of the work, I would be hard pressed to tell you much about the message of the book beyond "get in or get out." Mamet is as harsh in his treatment of Jewish indifference and self-hatred as Ann Coulter is of liberals.

    Ironically, Mamet himself is a liberal Jew. The result is a Reform Jew who has composed an Orthodox screed using the vocabulary of Conservative writer William Safire. It is unsettling, even for those of us who already "got in." Maybe that's the point -- but I still needed an antacid when I finished.

  • I wish every Jewish person in the world would own - and read – and THINK about the content of – this book. A definite must-have for anybody interested in an intellectual discussion of Jewish education and Jewish nationality.