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Wish I Could Be There Notes from a Phobic Life by Allen Shawn

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Published by Penguin (Non-Classics) .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Mental Illness,
  • Personal Memoirs,
  • Psychology & Psychiatry / General,
  • General,
  • Psychology,
  • Biography / Autobiography

Book details:

The Physical Object
FormatPaperback
Number of Pages288
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL9694087M
ISBN 100143113070
ISBN 109780143113072
OCLC/WorldCa166382394

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It is a compelling tale and you can, unfortunately, fell all too well Shawn's pain at having to say so often "Wish I could be there". Shawn wants to be there, whether it's the performances at his children's school or of his own compositions, but he can't make it/5(35). 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 . 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 . Wish I Could Be There: Book summary and reviews of Wish I Could Be There by Allen Shawn.

There are fears that come close to being simply a fear of being on this earth: the fear of light (photophobia), of air (aerophobia). Most circularly of all, there is the phobia of acquiring phobias." But as his dazzlingly intelligent and informative book, Wish I Could Be There (Viking), makes clear, Shawn's relation to his subject is neither. Listening Length: 4 hours and 41 minutes Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite/5. One way this was explained in a grammar course at university is that “I wish I was there” is correct if being there is a possibility. “I wish I were there..” is correct if the situation is not possible. So for example, if you missed a party becaus. Febru • Composer and writer Allen Shawn is the author of the new memoir, Wish I Could Be There. The book documents his many phobias. The book documents his many : Allen Shawn.

Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life Allen Shawn, Author. Viking $ (p) ISBN MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE. ADVERTISEMENT. MORE FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. Summer Reads.   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 /5(6).   But as his dazzlingly intelligent and informative book, Wish I Could Be There (Viking), makes clear, Shawn's relation to his subject is neither purely literary nor distanced. A distinguished composer and a professor at Bennington College, Shawn has, for decades, been plagued by fears of heights, of open and enclosed spaces, of travel, bridges, elevators, tunnels, of flying, and of "any form . 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.4/5(5).