Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 25, 2010 - Social Science - 240 pages

Reality Hunger is a manifesto for a burgeoning group of interrelated but unconnected artists who, living in an unbearably artificial world, are breaking ever larger chunks of 'reality' into their work. The questions Shields explores - the bending of form and genre, the lure and blur of the real - play out constantly around us, and Reality Hunger is a radical reframing of how we might think about this 'truthiness': about literary licence, quotation, and appropriation in television, film, performance art, rap, and graffiti, in lyric essays, prose poems, and collage novels.

Drawing on myriad sources, Shields takes an audacious stance on issues that are being fought over now and will be fought over far into the future. Converts will see Reality Hunger as a call to arms; detractors will view it as an occasion to defend the status quo. It is certain to be one of the most controversial and talked about books of the season.

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User Review  - ucla70 - LibraryThing

I really found it bothersome to refer to the Appendix to see who wrote or said each epigram. And I did refer to that section often despite Shields' admonition to "Stop; don't read any farther." Some ... Read full review

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

The cover flap says "People will either love or hate this book." But really I found it interesting in concept, mildly boring in execution. I disliked the effect of having hundreds of quotations without context, and I kept wanting to skim. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

David Shields is the author of several previous books, including Dead Languages: A Novel in Stories and, most recently, the 2008 New York Times bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll be Dead. www.davidshields.

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