Night Thoughts

Night Thoughts

eBook - 2017
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Although he is guided and inspired by the people he respects, and despite the insufficiency of his knowledge and experience--an insufficiency shared by most (or all) other humans, Wallace Shawn can't see any real alternative to trying to figure out his own answers to the most essential questions about the world he lives in.

Having recently passed the age of seventy, before which he found it difficult to piece together more than a few fragments of understanding, Shawn would like to pass on anything he's learned before death or dementia close down the brief window available to him, but he may not be ready yet.

Praise for Essays :

""Lovely, hilarious and seriously thought-provoking.""
--Toni Morrison

"Wallace Shawn's essays are both powerful and riveting. To have such a gentle and incisive soul willing to say what others may be afraid to is considerably refreshing."
--Michael Moore

""From a low-earning playwright's troubles to reflections on why the Palestinians are justified in their resentment of Israel. Wallace Shawn: Fearless!""
-- GQ , Best Books of 2009

""It''s a treat to hear [Shaun] speak his curious mind.""
-- O, The Oprah Magazine

Wallace Shawn is an Obie Award--winning playwright and a noted stage and screen actor ( Star Trek, Gossip Girl, The Princess Bride, Toy Story ). He co-wrote of the film My Dinner with Andre and is author of multiple plays. His book Essays was published by Haymarket Books (2009).

Publisher: Haymarket Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9781608468133
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360


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LPL_DirectorBrad Apr 23, 2017

So many people know who Wallace Shawn is without knowing who he is. The guy who says "Inconceivable!" from Princess Bride. That's probably where most people know him from. "My Dinner With Andre"? That rings a few bells. Most people don't know what a brilliant and thoughtful writer Wallace Shawn is. I was first introduced to his writing with his play, The Designated Mourner. His latest, Night Thoughts, is a great introduction to the writing of this "actor." Mr. Shawn muses about many things in this quick read. Who we are, why we are, our motivations, all the philosophical musings one might ponder in that space when we lay our head on the pillow but our restless mind wanders away from sleep. Give Wallace Shawn an hour or two of your time, and he'll give you a lot to think about.


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