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    “OH MY GoD I don’t care about projectors! What is the point of having a WHOLE chapter about projectors! I feel like I’m missing something”- was my first impression of this book, and I still stand by the l […]

  • In the book Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, the main protagonist of the book is kept unknown. The protagonist suffers from insomnia because of his job. As well attends support groups because of a recommendation […]

  • Glen Garry Glen Ross is a metaphorical story about the American Capitalist system.  In summary, the story was about a group of men that all work for the same place and are all competing to be the one on top. Much […]

  • The Fight Club is a very interesting novel written by Chuck Palahnik and was written in this kind of flash back or rewind style where we are introduced to a nameless narrator. In the beginning of the novel the […]

    • Great observations about the novel. I really like your analysis of the narrator’s namelessness. You hit on a lot of important themes in your analysis here: violence, consumerism, identity. You do a nice job of characterizing Tyler. And you include some mildly interesting speculation. 🙂

  • I wondered why is the title of this play called Glengarry Glen Ross. I thought it was because one of the characters was named this but it actually turns out it was named after a piece of land in flordia. This play […]

  • Here is another presentation on my favorite topic: gender! Previously I have discussed the lack of agency and the constraining effects of the gender binary of women in literature. At least in those stories, there […]

    • Very good analysis of gender in Glengarry Glen Ross. This play is all about masculinity. You make a good point about why it would be valuable to incorproate a woman into the play. However, it is also worth noting that this play is not a celebration of masculinity, but it is a critique of its toxicity. These men’s sense of themselves and their masculine identity is so caught up in their sales numbers that they are unable to define themselves in any other way. Their worth is reflected only in the number next to their names on the boards.

  • Kalib wrote a new post, Treachery 5 days, 4 hours ago

    At this point, I’m unaware if I am enjoying the book or if I simply enjoy the style that we are reading the book in class. Since it’s a play it is nice seeing everyone displaying they’re the emotions of the cha […]

    • I am glad that you are having a good time acting out the play with Professor Rai. Interesting theory about Moss and Aaronow being a red herrings. You provide some compelling evidence for Levene being the culprit. I guess you will just have to see how the story plays out.

  • In the play Glengarry Glen Ross we’ve had the opportunity to see the way in which multiple real estate workers react in order to achieve their goals, after a competition was set up between them. In my post, last w […]

    • There really are no likable characters in this play– that is not the kind of story the Mamet is interested in telling. Good observations about how Roma’s style differs from the other salesmen. We watch him seduce Lingk into buying the property with the promise of masculinity and power.

  • Scene two of this play, is significant in how it is told. The beginning of the scene its Moss a struggling salesman and Aranow talking. Moss is trying to convince Arrow to break into where they work and steal all […]

    • Very good analysis. Like the company in this play, the United States economic system is set up so that there are definite winners and losers. And when you are living in a system that is inherently unfair, can you ask people to play by the rules? You make some good points about the fact that opportunity is not equally distributed, which we certainly see play out in the drama.

  • In scene two of Glengarry Glenross we are introduced to Arronow and Moss who both are struggling to make proper sales. Because being a salesman there is not much equal opportunity for growth. But Moss wants to […]

    • Good analysis of Roma. He does form a connection to Lingk to get him to buy the property. In many ways, it reads as a kind of seduction. At first, he is, I think, the most likable of these unlikable characters, but his true colors are revealed when his sales are threatened.

  • Glengarry Glen Moss is an intense competition between men worried about winning valuable prizes but mostly men trying not to lose their jobs. So far we have been introduced to Levene, Roma, Williamson, Moss, […]

    • Good discussion of Roma’s sales strategy. He is just as manipulative as some of the other salesmen we have seen so far (maybe more so), and is definitely better at it. He seduces Lingk into the sale with ideas of power and masculinity. You do a nice job of contrasting Roma with the other men– of showing what makes him successful while they are not. Good job of discussing how Roma continues to manipulate Lingk when he comes to him to cancel the deal.

  • alaguo wrote a new post, Blog#9 5 days, 10 hours ago

    Act Two brings all the characters together along with a seventh, Baylen, the detective whereas Act One introduced all the characters and their motives. Act Two is definitely more dramatic than Act One. It sets up […]

    • Yes, the line in which Roma urges Aaronow to tell the truth always makes me laugh because of the ease of his later lies to Lingk. I also like your observations about the power shift between Williamson and Levene. In the first scene we understand that Williamson has the power, but once Levene believes he has closed the deal, he thinks that he has the power because he has just made so much money.

  • On this week’s episode of Desperate Car Salesmen otherwise known as “Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet, new faces emerge that give light to the real “dog eat dog” world of sales and commissions. Our young pro […]

    • I’m not sure how far you got in your reading in class, but I think your opinion of Roma might change. He is by far the most successful of the salesmen, but I’m not sure that he is the most honest. Nice discussion of Moss’s manipulation of Aaronnow. I find the back and forth about talking and not talking interesting: these are men who, after all, talk for a living. We see that talking has power, while listening is passive and connected to powerlessness.

  • In scene two, there was an argument between Moss and Aaronow. As they were talking about their insufficient sales and complaining about their progress, Moss brought up an idea. The idea was to rob the office and […]

    • Yes, in a play full of thoroughly unlikable characters, Moss is the worst. He manipulates and blackmails Aaronow, who comes off as kind of hapless and hopeless. It is interesting how we then see Roma manipulates Lingk into a sale.

  • The acting out of the play “Glengarry Glen Ross’ has brought the story to live. Act One Scene two caught my attention the most out of all the sciences because I did them. Though as the class saw, I CAN’T NOT A […]

    • I am glad that acting out the scene provided some additional insights into the characters. I can understand how it would help you to understand Aaronow, especially, who is given so little power in the dialogue. How did it feel to be constantly cut off and to just repeat what Moss was saying. Nice job of discussing the ways in which Moss manipulated Aaronow. I also like your discussion of the morality of stealing. The company that the men work for seems pretty immoral, so is it wrong to steal from them?

  • In the scene three of the play Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, the play continued from what happened in scene one and two to of what has currently happened in the play. Although in scene three of the play they […]

    • You do a nice job of summarizing what happened in these scenes, but try to include more analysis in these posts. For example, what did you make of the power shift that occurs in the office once Levene makes his sale? How is Lingk characterized? What did you make of his reasons for having to cancel the sale? What do you think of Roma, especially his treatment of Lingk?

  • I think it is so funny that once the leads are stolen people panic. Think about it! Who is panicking most? The people with most sales. For example Lingk. He is so mad that the sales were stolen and he starts […]

    • Your post speaks to an issue that the story brought up earlier: when Levene is not doing well, he blames it on bad luck, but when he does do well, it’s because of skill. I like your discussion about how the lack of leads levels the playing field and shows those who are higher up in the hierarchy what it is like for those on the bottom. Good predictions!

  • Although the play was cut short during my class… I think I have a pretty good idea on who stole the leads from the office. When the office got robbed and Baylen started to question everyone and clear any […]

    • Good close reading of Levene’s reaction to the leads going missing. Contrast his earlier desperation to get his hands on those leads with his disregard for the fact that they are now missing. Sure, he did just close a big sale, but, motivated by greed as these salesmen are, one sale is not going to cut it. What did you think of Roma’s interactions with Lingk? Or of Lingk’s reasons for pulling out of the sale?

  • During the second half of the play, we were introduced to more characters. I enjoyed the second half of the play more than the first half of the play because it seemed like the storyline flowed better. During the […]

    • I understand that the use of so many curse words can be uncomfortable, but like you said, Mamet does have an artistic, character-based reason for using them. He uses the curse words as a way for the men in the play to assert their masculinities and sense of power. Good observations about the unfairness of this system. Do you think that Mamet is making a comment on capitalism in general?

  • During Act Two of Glengarry Glen Ross opens with the Real Estate office being run downed and trashed. This sales company that these men are working for are forcing their employees to compete against each other. […]

    • I like your use of the word “dangled” to describe the way in which the cadillac was being used to motivate the men. Mitch and Murray are really taking a carrot and stick approach. You also do a good job of analyzing the injustice and unfairness of the system. The salesmen are not given equal opportunity to succeed. It is definitely a rich get richer type system. Do you think this is reflective of our capitalist economic system?

  • Things are getting very tense with this play now. After the scenes that were read since last time you can see the true colors of some people come out. This relates directly to Roma who is a salesman just like the […]

    • I like your description of Roma’s sales tactic as “luring” people in. It does read as a kind of seduction, especially with all of the sexual diction that he uses. However, I’m not so sure that the is not selfish. After all, he does lie to and manipulate Lingk for the sake of his sales (and caddy). No spoilers, but most of your questions will be answered.

      Glad you were able to relate to the characters. They are all pretty unlikable (I feel that they are, at least), but I agree that they are very “real.”

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    • Great analysis of the conversational dynamics. Your theory about the “talkers” as active, empowered (and I’m going to add masculinized) and the “listeners” as passive, disempowered (and feminized) is very insightful. And it makes sense. As sales men, these men have to talk for a living, and they use their gift of gab to take economic advantage of others, as we see in Roma’s interactions with Lingk.

  • In class today we watched a part of a movie that connected symbolically to the novel Waiting for the Barbarians written by J.M. Coetzee. The movie that we watched was called District 9 directed by  Neill […]

  • In this Blog I will be discussing my opinions on three short stories that I had read over the weekend. Richard Wright’s “The ethics of Living Jim Crow”, Brent Staples’ “Black Men in Public Space”, and Alice Walke […]

  • Today in class,  my classmates and I dwelled onto scene two of “Glengarry Glen Ross”. Within this act there has been a shift of dynamics from the first act where the characters and there motives alike are […]

    • Great analysis of Roma. I like that you describe his interactions with Lingk as a performance, which helps to underline his disingenuousness. He is a better performer than most of the other men at the company, but he is motivated by the same greed. I’m not sure how far you have gotten in your reading, but be on the lookout for more ways in which Roma’s advice to Aaronow about telling the truth could be read as ironic.

  • In Glengarry Glen Ross, Scene Two, we are introduced with two new characters, Moss and Aaronow, businessmen in the same company as Williamson and Levene. As we go from one booth to another, there’s this clear […]

    • Your observations about the play are insightful, and I like that you connect the content of the play to the capitalistic system in general (it is not a very kind view of capitalism, is it?) Mamet does present capitalism as a system that benefits those who are unscrupulous, willing to backstab, manipulate, and do whatever it takes to get ahead. You do a nice job of drawing parallels between the two sets of characters that we get in the beginning of the play.

  • Sadly, Brian K. Vaughan has come to an end in terms of reading in class and now we have started to read J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians. Typically, books titled along the lines of Waiting for the B […]

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    In my early childhood, I felt that with my personality, the most optimal thing for me to be was an adult, and so from the age of six years old (also around the time I picked my career path) I longed to […]

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  • For as long as I can remember, Humiliation has probably been one of my biggest fears. As silly as it sounds, I have a thing for being a people pleaser. Of course I’m aware of how far I need to go when it comes t […]

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  • What will you do to get to the top? For some: the absolute most. Some people are just extra will go to the extent of going against their beliefs and morals, or maybe even the law, in order to accomplish their […]

    • I can’t help but think that your mention of a “small” million dollar loan is a bit of a jab at our current president… who might be in a bit over his head because he actually doesn’t have the skills to run a country.

      Your incorporation of Trump here is interesting because it demonstrates the way in which our system benefits those coming from a space of power and privilege. My parents certainly could not afford to give me a million dollar loan, which limits my opportunities. I would have to work a lot harder to get to the same starting place. Do we see that play out in Mamet’s drama?

  • How can I start this week’s blog? Well, I guess I will start off by saying that I had never read a play before and now that I did, honestly, I disliked a lot because of the way in which it is structured.

    The f […]

    • Good job discussing some of the themes of the play. You demonstrate Mamet’s take on capitalism and its links to greed. In the hyper-capitialist world that Mamet is discussing, there is no place for empathy and alterism; you’re worth as a human being is entirely dictated by her place on the big board–by your success as a salesman.
      I hope that you begin to enjoy the play more as you get further into it. Beginning any work of literature can be tricky because you have to enter into a who new world.

  • The American Dream is a recurring theme in the writing world. It’s a topic that can never really get old because it’s so connected to the idea of survival of the fittest. It will never get old because the […]

    • I love the connection that you make to Death of a Salesman (I think Mamet’s play is the 1980s version of Miller’s); these two works share a lot of the same themes, especially in regard to how society treats those who are no longer successful (as you note, Levene is very similar to Willy).
      I also love the political cartoon you include. It demonstrates some of the flaws in the capitalist system that Mamet explores in this play.

  • Glengarry Glenross by David Mamet is a play that shows the life of four salesman Levene, Roma, Moss, Arrow Williamson, who sell real estate at very high prices. Their boss sets up a sales contest which is used as […]

    • Great observations about the economic injustice of the current sales system. There is not equality among the salesmen. Those who perform better, are more successful, are privileged. While those who do not have to work even harder to become successful.
      I hope that as you continue to read the play in will become easier to understand.

  • This week we read the first two scenes of the play Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet. So far I like the play because there were not any dull moments. I usually do not read plays unless I have to for […]

    • Ha! Yes, Mamet is certainly very different from Shakespeare.
      Great analysis of the play’s critique of the capitalist system. The way in which the leads are given out does favor those who are already successful, much like the capitalist system requires those who have less privilege to work harder in order to get ahead.
      Good discussion, too, of Moss’s racism and his manipulation of Aaronow. What do you think of his character?

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    Oh, this wonderful world we live in; where we constantly work to outshine the next, or work to make them look so inferior that they seem invisible. When people are put up against each other, man contributors […]

    • The competitive world of capitalism can be brutal, which is certainly one of the themes that Mamet is communicating in this play. And it has no sympathy for the suffering of those who fail. You are correct that Williamson is slimy, but note that Levene is no angel either. After all, he is the one who offered the bribe in the first place.

  • Glengary Glenn Ross… what do you think about that title. The first thing that comes to my mind is a name. But this name could be from any different race or ethnicity. And for thinking that, this one person could e […]

    • Good observations about the men’s desire for social mobility. I’m not sure that they are lower class, but they certainly seem to be striving for a higher social class than they are (think about the significance of the caddy.
      Good connection to the Darwinian theory of survival. What does it suggest about our society that it is oriented around a survival of the fittest economic approach?

  • Kalib wrote a new post, Yum Yum 1 week, 5 days ago

    Glengary Glenn Ross by David Mammet has been so far one our most interesting reads as a class. Its strict only dialogue presents a better understanding of the character that we don’t have to assume by listening to […]

    • It is weird to oppress those who are not doing great and favor those who are, but we do this all the time, don’t we. Who has to work harder in real life to be successful, those who come from a rich background or those who grow up living in a lower socioeconomic class? Think about what comment Mamet might be making about how our society functions.
      Glad you are enjoying the play! It is one of my favorites.

  • The first act of the play Glengarry Glen Ross shows that competition is the most efficient way to survive in the business world. If you could make a high number of sales, you will continue to make higher sales and […]

    • Great observation about how this sales system functions: it favors those who are already successful and makes life harder for those who are not. Can you connect this to how our society works?
      Competition can be a very effective motivator for people, but as you note it can be very disruptive as well. We will have to see how it plays out here.

  • Competition is the motivation for many of us to do better. The win or even the prize at the end motivates us to do almost anything to do so. David Mament’s play “Glengarry Glen Ross” illustrates the compe […]

    • Great observation about competition. It can be a great motivator. It can also push people to act in unethical ways, as we see in this play. Consider what it takes for Levene to eventually get Williamson to agree to help him. There is no sense of camaraderie or altruism. Also, what does Moss propose doing so that he can get ahead in the rat race?

  • On Monday we read Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet in class together. Everyone brought a copy of the book to class, volunteers were asked to read out the parts and act it out. It was more fun to do it this way, […]

    • I am glad that you are enjoying acting out the play, and that it is helping you to better understand its content. That is often the case with drama, which is, of course, meant to be performed.
      You provide a nice summary of the events so far. But try to include more analysis.

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    In the play by David Mamet, “Glengarry Glen Ross” there is something I want to point out, the fact that life is not fair and it will never go the way you want it to. When Levene is trying to con […]

    • You’re right, life isn’t fair. But is the system that they have in place just? Should we live under a system in which the rich get richer and those who come from less privileged backgrounds have to work harder to be successful?
      Great observation about how Moss’s aggressive dialogue reveals that he is an aggressive person.
      I hope that as you read through the play, you start to put the pieces together and gain some more enjoyment from it.

  • Glengarry Glen Ross, so far is a fast pace play. While we were reading it out loud, the dialogue was moving as if the character were actually having real conversations. This caught my attention because while […]

    • I gave Professor Rai my copy of the film version of the play, so hopefully you will be able to watch some professional and very talented actors perform it.
      Good observations about the realism of the dialogue. Mamet does use diction to reveal character traits. Keep track of that as you continue reading.
      Your note about miscommunication is very astute. They men talk about talking a lot (think about the number of times Moss says “saying”), but they also are not great at communicating.

  • The play Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet was really interesting to read so far. It starts off in such a weird scene. It starts off with Williamson, who we suppose is the office manager of this real estate […]

    • You are absolutely correct that the system for distributing leads is frustrating (it’s supposed to be). Think about how it reflects the system of capitalism in general. Does everyone have a fair shot at success? Or do those who come from successful families have a greater chance of becoming successful themselves? That is not to say that social mobility is impossible, but it takes much more work for some people to be successful than for others. It is frustrating and it is unfair.

  • In the play Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, Mamet writes a play about four salesmen who seem to be working for real estate. The salesmans all seem to want to get on the board and as well get hold of the leads […]

    • Great observation about Levene. What do you think it reveals about his character that he attributes his success to skills and personal merit whereas failure as “bad luck”? How do you feel about the men’s casual racism? Yes, the board does seem to be tied to the men’s sense of their value and their self-worth.

  • (I actually had to act out Levene in class… haha)

    In the entirety of the first scene, Williamson and Levene are sitting in a booth at a Chinese restaurant. As I was acting out Levene, I really wanted to be […]

    • I wish I could be there to watch you guys act this play out. It sounds like a lot of fun (and certainly more fun than jury duty). Good questions about Levene’s “bad luck.” I think we also ought to integrate the fact that he views his successes as the result of his prowess as a sales man but his failures are just “bad luck.” What does that reveal about his character?

  • “Glengarry Ross” by David Mamet seems to be full of suspicious activity because the title oozes with it. This play takes place in the shady place of Chicago where crime is rampant in the real world. Par […]

    • You are right that these salesmen are shown to be unethical (wait until you learn more about the actual real-estate they are selling), but they are not quite at the level of mobsters. The firm is actually relatively small, though they are absolutely running a scam. I like your observation about the struggle to be “alphas.” Consider the role that masculinity play in the character’s interactions and how it connects to the idea of financial success.

  • In a business setting, a little greed is always expected. Throughout Act One, my point was already proven as the protagonists of this play’s main discussion is about money and communication. Levine and Williamson […]

    • Great analysis of the interactions between Levene and Williamson. Your observation that all of the interactions between them center around money is really astute. The company has no loyalty. It does not care how many years Levene has worked for it or what he has done in the past. His only value is in the profits he now produces.

      PS. I love your GIFs. The one of Mr. Burns is exxxxcellent.