Haymarket Books
(June 2017)



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Wallace Shawn

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.

Wallace Shawn is an Obie Award-winning playwright and a noted stage and screen actor (Star Trek, Gossip Girl, The Princess Bride, Toy Story). His plays The Designated Mourner and Marie and Bruce have recently been produced as films. He is co-author of the movie My Dinner with Andre and author of the plays The Fever, The Designated Mourner, Aunt Dan and Lemon, and Grasses of a Thousand Colors. His book Essays was published by Haymarket Books. His play Evening at the Talk House premiered at Socialism 2014

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26. June 2017, Review
With impeccable logic, [Shawn] gently, but lethally, skewers the complacency of the lucky while highlighting the plight of the less fortunate, including the Muslims living in the slums of European cities, the maid of a wealthy friend, and a boy at a dance

Publishers Weekly

26. June 2017, Review
It''s a treat to hear [Shaun] speak his curious mind. (about the 2009 book "Essays")

O (The Oprah Magazine)

26. June 2017, Quote
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 (about the 2009 book "Essays")


26. June 2017, Quote
Lovely, hilarious and seriously thought-provoking. -- Toni Morrison (about the 2009 book "Essays")


7. August 2017, Review
Shawn has a way of pulling the reader into conversation, making the experience of Night Thoughts feel like more than moving through an extended essay by an important American playwright and actor. Somewhere, as one reads it, the feeling of friendship appe

Shelf Awareness

7. August 2017, Review
[L]ike riffs of free-form jazz.

New York Journal of Books

7. August 2017, Review
A compelling diagnosis of the world's injustice but also a very personal response to that injustice.

San Francisco Chronicle

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