Last week the Village Voice published David Mamet’s quirky “goodbye to all that” essay explaining why he is no longer a brain-dead liberal. Mamet is of course the brilliant playwright who wrote Glengarry Glen Ross, the 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning update of Death of a Salesman. Mamet describes himself in the essay as a decades-long liberal. He recounts a moment of illumination listening to National Public Radio:
I felt my facial muscles tightening, and the words beginning to form in my mind: Shut the **** up.
I had been listening to NPR and reading various organs of national opinion for years, wonder and rage contending for pride of place. Further: I found I had been