Wish I Could Be There
- Current Status
- In Season
- Allen Shawn
- Nonfiction, Memoir
We gave it a C+
Allen Shawn, the author of Wish I Could Be There, is (1) a multiphobic middle-aged man; (2) the son of legendary New Yorker editor William Shawn; and (3) a composer. In that order, judging from his jittery, brittle mix of the scientifically factual and the personal.
”Overall I believe that the tensions and paradoxes of [my father’s] nature were rather successfully balanced as if in some kind of psychic isometric exercise.”
Diagnosis: borderline autobiographobia.