Reality Hunger

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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A landmark book, “brilliant, thoughtful” (The Atlantic) and “raw and gorgeous” (LA Times), that fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time, from the bestselling author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead.

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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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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User Review  - pessoanongrata - LibraryThing

A few choice quotes were great; one I recognized from Philip Roth (along the lines that the current state of things puts to shame the novelist's imagination; the writer can't really outdo the sheer ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

David Shields is the bestselling author of twenty books, including The Thing About Life, Reality Hunger, Black Planet, Remote, and War Is Beautiful. He and his wife live in Seattle, where he is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

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