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Extended Audio Sample Essays (Unabridged), by Wallace Shawn
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wallace Shawn Narrator: Wallace Shawn Publisher: Haymarket Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Whether writing about the genesis of his plays, such as Aunt Dan and Lemon; discussing how the privileged world of arts and letters takes for granted the work of the unobtrusives, the people who serve our food and deliver our mail; or describing his upbringing in the sheltered world of Manhattan's cultural elite, Shawn reveals a unique ability to step back from the appearance of things to explore their deeper social meanings. He grasps contradictions, even when unpleasant, and challenges us to look, as he does, at our own behavior in a more honest light. He also finds the pathos in the political and personal challenges of everyday life.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brian | 2/4/2014

    " I found his ideas interesting, but his overall structuring was so plain I found it difficult to remain engaged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 1/23/2014

    " Enjoy the writing style; very direct and thought-provoking essays on events that shape America and a more liberal point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John McDonald | 1/17/2014

    " Those of you who only know Wallace Shawn from his many, delightful film roles may be surprised to learn he is also a playwright and essayist of some power. This collection of essays and interviews on politics and art reveal Shawn to be not only a tremendous stylist and conversationalist; but also a deeply iconoclastic, moral, empathic, and kind thinker, one who is fearlessly engaged with and in the world around him. A collection you will want to take your time with, full of ideas and phrases you'll spend days rolling around your mind. One of the most essential books I've read this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan | 12/25/2013

    " I loved this little book of Essays. Words about theater, poetry, politics, human nature...... all speak to me. "

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