Reality Hunger (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
17 Reviews

With this landmark book, David Shields fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time. Who owns ideas? How clear is the distinction between fiction and nonfiction? Has the velocity of digital culture rendered traditional modes obsolete? Exploring these and related questions, Shields orchestrates a chorus of voices, past and present, to reframe debates about the veracity of memoir and the relevance of the novel. He argues that our culture is obsessed with “reality,” precisely because we experience hardly any, and urgently calls for new forms that embody and convey the fractured nature of contemporary experience.




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Review: Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

User Review  - Kressel Housman - Goodreads

I've become much more of a non-fiction reader in these past two years, and apparently, I'm part of a larger trend. Whether it's creative non-fiction/memoir or reality TV, true stories are "in." So ... Read full review

Review: Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

User Review  - Will - Goodreads

Finally, a writer from inside my own head. A writer getting into why I like to read; a writer who attempts to explain the power that words on a page can have over each of us, the how and why ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
11
Section 4
20
Section 5
32
Section 6
45
Section 7
50
Section 8
54
Section 19
112
Section 20
126
Section 21
130
Section 22
135
Section 23
138
Section 24
140
Section 25
151
Section 26
158

Section 9
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Section 10
63
Section 11
67
Section 12
81
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
87
Section 16
93
Section 17
103
Section 18
106
Section 27
161
Section 28
166
Section 29
178
Section 30
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Section 31
184
Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
205
Section 35
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About the author (2010)

David Shields is the author of nine previous books, including The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller; Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Remote, winner of the PEN/Revson Award. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

Visit his website at www.davidshields.com.




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