Wish I Could Be There: Notes From A Phobic Life

Paperback | January 29, 2008

byAllen Shawn

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In addition to being the son of famous New Yorker editor William Shawn and brother of the distinguished playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, Allen Shawn is agoraphobic-he is afraid of both public spaces and isolation. Wish I Could Be There gracefully captures both of these extraordinary realities, blending memoir and scientific inquiry in an utterly engrossing quest to understand the mysteries of the human mind. Droll, probing, and honest, Shawn explores the many ways we all become who we are, whether through upbringing, genes, or our own choices, creating "an eloquent meditation upon the mysteries of personality and family"* and the struggle to face one's demons.

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In addition to being the son of famous New Yorker editor William Shawn and brother of the distinguished playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, Allen Shawn is agoraphobic-he is afraid of both public spaces and isolation. Wish I Could Be There gracefully captures both of these extraordinary realities, blending memoir and scientific inquiry ...

Allen Shawn, a composer and writer, has produced many orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works, as well as music for ballet, theater, and film. He has written for The Atlantic and is on the faculty at Bennington College in Vermont.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:January 29, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143113070

ISBN - 13:9780143113072

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"A harrowing, essential book about the force of fear gone wild in one person's mind and body." -Chicago Tribune "Remarkable. A brave, eccentric, and utterly compelling book that's as revelatory and candid as anything ever written by Joan Didion, and as humane and scientifically fascinating as any one of Oliver Sacks's case studies." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times* "A vividly written combination of memoir and scientific inquiry." -The New Yorker