David Alan Mamet turns 65 today. There are all sorts of things I could say about him, and many of his ideas and proclamations make him what I guess we would call “problematic” or whatever, but is he the greatest playwright of the last quarter of the 20th century? It says here yes. (Should you feel the need to point it out in the comments I am indeed a heterosexual white man etc.) In any event, it’s the man’s birthday today. For the plays, the movies (okay, The Verdict, The Untouchables and House of Games at least) and that episode of “Hill Street Blues” he wrote, I wish him a happy one.