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Night Thoughts
Writer and actor Wallace Shawn's probing, honest, and self-critical take on civilization and its discontents.

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).

Other books by Wallace Shawn

  • Essays

    Probing essays and observations by acclaimed actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, in his first nonfiction collection.
  • Essays (unabridged audiobook)

    Probing essays by actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, read by the author in unabridged audiobook format