I have just read this essay by and this interview with David Mamet. In the former he boldly announces that he's foresaken his childish "liberal" commitments. In the latter he admits that he is "not the guy to ask about politics." Regardless, it seems to me that his recent political apostasy is driven less by the way things are with the world than with a change in his disposition. But he is smart and funny and incredibly talented. Having said all that, what really caught my eye was this terrific portrait of Mamet by Brigitte Lacombe. It accompanies the interview. There are plenty of other wonderful portraits on Lacombe's web page. While many are of this or that celeb, there are several of political heroes like Nelson Mandela and Aung San Sui Kyi.