Lawrence Shainberg

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Lawrence Shainberg is an American author born in Memphis, Tennessee. His books include Ambivalent Zen, a memoir of spiritual ambition and his experience with Kyudo Nakagawa, One on One, Brain Surgeon: An Intimate View of the World, Memories of Amnesia, and Crust.

Shainberg has had numerous essays published in The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, and The Village Voice. Exorcising Beckett, a memoir of his conversations with Samuel Beckett first published in The Paris Review in 1987, won the Pushcart Prize.[1]

In 1968, he signed the Writers and Editors War Tax Protest pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[2]

He lives in New York City.


  1. ^ Exorcising Beckett
  2. ^ Writers and Editors War Tax Protest, 30 January 1968, New York Post

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