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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: July 2010 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Jan | 12/25/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Payne | 12/22/2013

    " Really wanted to like this. Interlibrary Loan wanted to like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/14/2013

    " The political focus of the book felt overly pedantic for the artist we've grown to love for screenwriting, plays, and the Cosby Show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent Eaton | 11/14/2013

    " Pleasant, like his thinking, although the collection perhaps covers the same territory too redundantly, and so one doesn't get a breath of vision, but a few rays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Vasseur | 11/9/2013

    " My Provocative and Stimulating Dinner with Wallace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 10/20/2013

    " a great examination of art & privilege with a few great political essays thrown in as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/17/2013

    " Read about in The Believer "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 10/16/2012

    " I don't know why I assumed these would be funny essays, but they are not. They are rather dreary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 reed | 9/26/2012

    " Pretty delightful. Some good liberal political philosophy, some musings on writing and theater, and a great interview with Mark Strand that made me want to read more poetry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 4/9/2012

    " It was an interesting book. He talks about privilege and morality and theater. It's really interesting, but also kind of pretentious. It's pretentious in the same way I am though, so I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Lubold | 9/18/2011

    " Who the hell know that the "INCONCEIVABLE!" guy from The Princess Bride would be just this damn smart, incisive, and--dare I say it--awesome? I can't believe that I thought of him as a b-movie actor. Playwright, essayist, actor, filmmaker...no wonder Michael Moore put him in his movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 4/14/2011

    " Many quotables in Shawn's "Writing About Sex" essay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/16/2011

    " Read about in The Believer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 2/10/2011

    " Who the hell know that the "INCONCEIVABLE!" guy from The Princess Bride would be just this damn smart, incisive, and--dare I say it--awesome? I can't believe that I thought of him as a b-movie actor. Playwright, essayist, actor, filmmaker...no wonder Michael Moore put him in his movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/18/2011

    " My Provocative and Stimulating Dinner with Wallace. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 12/9/2010

    " I don't know why I assumed these would be funny essays, but they are not. They are rather dreary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory | 10/28/2010

    " An excellent collection of essays. A fine balance between politics and theatre, both of which deal with social justice and moral responsibility. His writing is elegant and thoughtful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent | 9/29/2010

    " Pleasant, like his thinking, although the collection perhaps covers the same territory too redundantly, and so one doesn't get a breath of vision, but a few rays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 InfoShaman | 5/23/2010

    " I first became aware of the author when I saw ?My Dinner with Andre", and then (of course) "The Princess Bride". the essays here are very thoughtful -- I hadn't realized he was an essayist. Some excellent discussions of the theatre are included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 5/23/2010

    " Many quotables in Shawn's "Writing About Sex" essay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 reed | 2/23/2010

    " Pretty delightful. Some good liberal political philosophy, some musings on writing and theater, and a great interview with Mark Strand that made me want to read more poetry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Javier | 12/25/2009

    " Don't children say the funniest things?

    (NB: Compliment.) "

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