Can anyone tell me what it says on this coffee mug?
April 22, 2004 12:51 PM   Subscribe

Can anyone tell me what it says on this coffee mug?
posted by Frasermoo to Writing & Language (19 answers total)
Coffee is for closers, I think. A line from the David Mamet play/movie Glenngarry Glen Ross, I think.
posted by drobot at 12:53 PM on April 22, 2004

Coffee is for closers
posted by SpaceCadet at 12:54 PM on April 22, 2004

It also says:


another line from the play/movie. It's really good, you should read it or see it.
posted by drobot at 12:54 PM on April 22, 2004

Response by poster: ach. i clicked on the mugs not the text. nice one.

gonna keep an eye out for the play/movie as well. thanks.
posted by Frasermoo at 1:04 PM on April 22, 2004

Yup. Exactly. Alec Baldwin's character Blake in that movie:

"PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN. Coffee is for closers. I don't see any closers here.

And of course: : This watch costs more than your car. I made $970,000 last year. How much you make? You see pal, that's who I am, and you're nothing. Nice guy, I don't give a shit. Good father, fuck you. Go home and play with your kids. You wanna work here, close. You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You can't take this, how can you take the abuse you get on a sit?
posted by vito90 at 1:04 PM on April 22, 2004

The guy who runs my company has used the ABC - Always Be Closing thing to train salespeople. I think it's funny.
posted by drobot at 1:13 PM on April 22, 2004

Glengary Glen Ross is intellectual machismo.

It's great. The way Ed Harris fires off invectives in that film is unmatched.

The whole cast is genius: Harris, Al Pachino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Spacey. OMG rent it.
posted by xmutex at 1:21 PM on April 22, 2004

Ok, now can you tell us why it's the Anti-Metafilter mug?
posted by dirtylittlemonkey at 1:31 PM on April 22, 2004

That's easy. If you're on Metafilter, you sure as fuck ain't closing anything.
posted by jaded at 1:38 PM on April 22, 2004

I dunno. I can see Ricky Roma closing a deal on MeFi.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 2:07 PM on April 22, 2004

from the description:
"It's a fact of life that most people read MetaFilter at work, this makes you look like you care about your job."

I made the mug for a friend that hated his job with a passion. His work had a lot of BS team-building meetings and plastered the walls with posters like this ABC stuff. It was a running joke for him to drop Glenngary Glennross lines at work, but none of the sales staff had ever heard of it, which made it more amusing. I sent the mug to him so that while he goofed off on the web instead of programming all day, he could at least look like he was a "team player."

Then I realized there were probably a lot of people on MetaFilter that were in the same position, so I put it there.
posted by mathowie at 2:10 PM on April 22, 2004

I thought it meant "always closing the window that Metafilter is on so the boss won't see."

Matt, you could make a profit on that if you sold it to realtors. I could get you some connections...;-)
posted by konolia at 2:55 PM on April 22, 2004

"PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN. Coffee is for closers. I don't see any closers here.

Vito, did you cut and paste that from some place or type it from memory? No offense, but if David Mamet wrote a line as disposable as, "I don't see any closers here," I'll eat my hat.
posted by dobbs at 3:03 PM on April 22, 2004

Never mind. I just went to IMDB and see that you cut and pasted it from there. Let it be noted that on this day I declared the IMDB fallible.
posted by dobbs at 3:13 PM on April 22, 2004

Funny, I took a pretty good look at the script and couldn't find that line, or anything similar. I did look fast though.
posted by headless at 4:09 PM on April 22, 2004

Headless, if you mean the "coffee is for closers" line you won't find it in the play as it was written specifically for Baldwin for the movie (the character he plays isn't in the play). If you mean the line I was referring to ("I don't see any closers here.") you won't find it in either the play or the screenplay as it doesn't exist.

To make sure I wasn't losing my mind I just went and checked my hardcopy of the screenplay. The line is "Put that coffee down. Coffee's for closers. You think think I'm fucking with you? I ain't fucking with you."
posted by dobbs at 4:17 PM on April 22, 2004

But David Mamet has written disposable lines. Hell, some disposable scripts. I read a disposable book he wrote once, too.

I kid. But it's true.
posted by Hildago at 4:27 PM on April 22, 2004

I met Mamet in Cambridge, Mass, after a reading. I was very intimidated -- reading his stuff, you kind of imagine a cigar-chomping badass very unwilling to take any kind of shit. well, he was the perfect gentleman. his wife Rebecca was extremely polite to me and my girlfriend, too. (/derail/ Mamet made some anti-Bush comments that would make our more gung-ho members crap themselves in anger. foldy is nothing. but I digress)

dobbs: my GGR copy is signed, "for matteo".
what about yours?
eat your heart out.

All train compartments smell vaguely of shit. It gets so you don't mind it. That's the worst thing that I can confess. You know how long it took me to get there? A long time. When you die you're going to regret the things you don't do. You think you're queer? I'm going to tell you something: we're all queer. You think you're a thief? So what? You get befuddled by a middle-class morality? Get shut of it. Shut it out. You cheated on your wife? You did it, live with it. You fuck little girls, so be it. There's an absolute morality? Maybe. And then what? If you think there is, then be that thing. Bad people go to hell? I don't think so. If you think that, act that way. A hell exists on earth? Yes. I won't live in it.
posted by matteo at 4:33 PM on April 22, 2004

Hildago, I wasn't considering his prose fiction, which I agree is pretty disposable. As for his plays and non-fiction, I stand by my statement.

matteo, not Glengarry but Oleanna:

You're a lifesaver. Thanks for the inspiration.
- Dave

posted by dobbs at 4:48 PM on April 22, 2004

« Older Searching for Blogs on Google   |   Travelling to Okinawa or Taiwan Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.