Best Read Essays[ Author ] Wallace Shawn [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – wildweaves.co.uk

Essays Full of what you might call conversation starters tricky propositions about morality politics, privilege, runaway nationalist fantasies, collective guilt, and art as a force for change or not It s a treat to hear him speak his curious mind O MagazineIn these beautiful essays, Wallace Shawn takes us on a revelatory journey in which the personal and political become one.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 honest light He also finds the pathos in the political and personal challenges of everyday life.With a sharp wit, remarkable attention to detail, and the same acumen as a writer of prose as he is a playwright, Shawn invites us to look at the world with new eyes, the better to understand and change it.Praise for Wallace Shawn and Essays Lovely, hilarious and seriously thought provoking, I enjoyed it tremendously Toni Morrison Wallace Shawn writes in a style that is deceptively simple, profoundly thoughtful, fiercely honest His vocabulary is pungent, his wit delightful, his ideas provocative Howard Zinn, author, A People s History of the United States Wally Shawn s essays are both powerful and riveting How rare to encounter someone willing to question the assumptions of class and the disparity of wealth that grows wider every year in this country To have such a gentle and incisive soul willing to say what others may be afraid to is considerably refreshing Michael Moore, film maker Shawn s language, his unmistakable, original voice, felicitous, is unadorned, elegant, immediate, true He s also a brilliant interviewer, as everyone who s seen My Dinner With Andre which is just about everyone knows And, of course, he s very funny Tony Kushner, playwright, Angels in America Wallace Shawn is a bracing antidote to the op ed dreariness of political and artistic journalism in the West He takes you back to the days when intellectuals had the wit and concentration to formulate great questions and to make the reader want to answer them David Hare, playwrightWallace ShawnWallace 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 Colours. Best Read Essays [ By ] Wallace Shawn [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – wildweaves.co.uk

Best Read Essays[ Author ] Wallace Shawn [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – wildweaves.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 163 pages
  • Essays
  • Wallace Shawn
  • English
  • 18 February 2017
  • 1608460029

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  1. Some of these essays are five star essays, and some of them seemlike workshop exercises from a promising student Some are interesting purely from their perspective because they are the from the perspective of Wallace Shawn, in a kind of voyeuristic way I finished them all anyway because I find Wallace Shawn to be interesting politically to be in his way a champion of wor...

  2. If all you know of Wallace Shawn is what I knew his unforgettable turn as the Sicilian villain Vizzini in The Princess Bride Inconceivable then I think you re in for something of a pleasant surprise Shawn is also an award winning playwright and a public speaker of note, and here he collects go figure essays, spanning several decades and a range of topics including politics, poetry and prurience And he doesn t mention Vizzini even once In...

  3. I m rather disposed to like Wallace Shawn for a variety of reasons, not least of which being that I ve seen My Dinner with Andre perhaps three dozen times, and Vanya on 42nd Street two dozen Despite being famous for his work as the world s most immediately recognizable character actors such as the homunculus of Woody Allen s Manhattan , his own plays signal the depth of his intelligence and insight, and suggest an artistic centeraligned with his stupendous collaborations with Andre I m rather disposed to like Wallace Shawn for a variety of reasons, not least of which being that I ve seen My Dinner with Andre perhaps three dozen times, and Vanya on 42nd Street two dozen Despite being famous for his work as the world s most immediately recognizable character actors such as the homunculus of Woody Allen s Manhattan , his own plays signal the depth of his intelligence and insight, and suggest an artistic centeraligned with his stupendous collaborations with Andre Gregory When I learned that this book existed I was immediately curious I ve heard Shawn interviewed at length and knew him to be droll, acerbic, and perceptive So I had to give it a shot The book contains a slender assortment of essays, many of which treat the politics of post 9 11 America I d say it is his autobiographical reflections on his own upbringing, and his own ambivalent relationship between his artistic work and the patronag...

  4. I don t know how much I like Wallace Shawn but I kind of love him This collection, split in halves, covers Shawn s political and artistic essays, the division of which he elucidates in his introduction In both, his personality comes pouring out of every page He s equal parts angry and reverent, with a clear awareness of his upper middle class status and how it affects his thought Now, that s going to do one of a few things to you as the reader You might love that he s being honest and ru I don t know how much I like Wallace Shawn but I kind of love him This collection, split in halves, covers Shawn s political and artistic essays, the division of which he elucidates in his introduction In both, his personality comes pouring out of every page He s equal parts angry and reverent, with a clear awareness of his upper middle class status and how it affects his thought Now, that s going to do one of a few things to you as the reader You might love that he s being honest and run with it You might hate that he s a privileged white guy saying privileged white guy things and run with that Or you might ignore it altogether and try to f...

  5. A quick read and engaging, Shawn s spunky, refreshing take on politics and the arts exactly mirrors the kind of pugnacious Vizzini character he played in Princess Bride As fresh a take as it is, it s also and strangely exactly what you might have expected given the little you know about the man s personality direct, inventive, andthan a little self serving though with a wink.His interview with Chomsky is expectedly rewarding, and he offers harsh but eloquent in their crispness crit A quick read and engaging, Shawn s spunky, refreshing take on politics and the arts exactly mirrors the kind of pugnacious Vizzini character he played in Princess Bride As fresh a take as it is, it s also and strangely exactly what you might have expected given the little you know about the man s personality direct, inventive, andthan a little self serving though with a wink.His interview with Chomsky is expectedly rewarding, and he offers harsh but eloquent in their crispness critiques of the U.S with regards to Iraq, Abu Ghraib, and Palestine He has an impressive way of framing issues that makes it seem impossible to imagine another way of seei...

  6. Chapter Six is best and has a very worthwhile interview with Noam Chomsky where Noam says, the Bible is probably the most genocidal book in the literary canon I mean, wipe out every Amalekite to the last man, woman and child that s supposed to be gentle and wonderful The opposition to Social Security is simple you must first drive the concept of caring for others out of your head Social Security is based on the idea that you care That s a dangerous sentiment You re supposed to jus Chapter Six is best and has a very worthwhile interview with Noam Chomsky where Noam says, the Bible is probably the most genocidal book in the literary canon I mean, wipe out every Amalekite to the last man, woman and child that s supposed to be gentle and wonderful The opposition to Social Security is simple you must first drive the concept of caring for others out of your head Social Security is based on the idea that you care That s a dangerous sentiment You re supposed to just be out for yourself The only choices you are supposed to make are the choices of commodities In America there is this fantasy that hard work gets people ahead, but Noam knows this is only because there is a dynamic state sector the internet, computer, pharmaceuticals and other wonderful inventions all came from government subsidy, not a young B...

  7. Wallace Shawn is probably best known for saying Inconceivable in The Princess Bride, but I prefer to remember him from the exquisite film My Dinner with Andre His father was William Shawn, editor of the New Yorker for many years This book contains an eclectic set of essays written over a 23 year span of time Many are political, and while I agree with his progressive points, he doesn t really propose actionable solutions other than to influence society positively with art, which is hardly a Wallace Shawn is probably best known for saying Inconceivable in The Princess Bride, but I prefer to remember him from the exquisite film My Dinner with And...

  8. So he s famous for theater, and I always thought I would admire him, having enjoyed what I read, and of course enjoying Malle s film of My Dinner With Andre Reading the first essay in this collection was a total turnoff for its trite obviousness reminiscent of the episode in Malcolm X s Autobiography where a white patron at the cotton club generously and patronizingly throws his arms around a black stranger s neck and declares you re just as good as I am Thanks for the validation I have So he s famous for theater, and I always thought I would admire him, having enjoyed what I read, and of course enjoying Malle s film of My Dinner With Andre Reading the first essay in this collection was a total turnoff for ...

  9. It s a strange book in some ways the order in which the essays appear seems odd why divide all the aesthetic ones from the political ones why end with the one about writing about sex and many of the essays, ...

  10. I guess I m getting old, cuz this is the fifth five star review I ve handed out this year Fifth Out of five books Oh what a sap I am, in my advanced ageAnyway, it s INCONCEIVABLE that a fan of Wallace Shawn would dislike this book.Ahem.Now that THAT s out of the wayIt would be pretty easy to right this little volume off as a vanity project, or a dorky man s dorky little diary, or a bunch of forewords and rough drafts and hastily written pieces that anyone not named Wallace Shawn cou I guess I m getting old, cuz this is the fifth five star review I ve handed out this year Fifth Out of five books Oh what a sap I am, in my advanced ageAnyway, it s INCONCEIVABLE that a fan of Wallace Shawn would dislike this book.Ahem.Now that THAT s out of the wayIt would be pretty easy to right this little volume off as a vanity project, or a dorky man s dorky little diary, or a bunch of forewords and rough drafts and hastily written pieces that anyone not named Wallace Shawn could ve never got published And truly, any one of these pieces on its own, short of maybe the invigorating interviews he gets Noam Chomsky to say shitty on multiple occasions, and Mark Strand to remind me, again and again, why I need to readpoetry and the excellent essay on Morality, would probably be a curio in, say, a larger collection of various writers.But altogether, the cumulative effect of the book is pretty moving It was published by Haymarket, so it s full of radical leftist ideas But it does...