One of my favorite screenwriters, David Mamet, has written a book called Bambi Vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose and Practice of the Movie Business. If you're familiar with Mamet and his rapier pen, you might be expecting that this book would skewer Hollywood, but in a recent interview with the LA Times, Mamet dismissed rumors that his book would bite the Hollywood hand that has so well-fed him, saying, "I don't think Hollywood has gone bad. It's the same as it's always been." Which is a bit like saying, "Your wife isn't looking quite as hideously unattractive as usual lately," but let's not split hairs.

Mamet stays largely disconnected from the hustle and flow of the Hollywood scene, and of late, he says in the piece, he's been busy reading political-economic theory. Not the lightest, most entertaining reading material, but it did compel Mamet to research and write Bambi Vs. Godzilla, whose title was borrowed from a 1960s animated short called Bambi Meets Godzilla (I'll give you one guess who came out of that meeting crushed flat). In spite of Mamet's assurances that he's not out for blood with this book, his publisher is pimping it as a "tough-guy indictment of Tinseltown corruption" which, to be honest, sounds a hell of a lot more interesting than saying it's a Mametian exploration of the economics and politics of Hollywood.

I'm going to pick up the book myself -- I love Mamet's writing and can't wait to see what he does with this topic.
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