Enough about You: Notes Toward the New Autobiography

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Soft Skull Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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What does it mean to construct a self? What does it mean to turn your life into a narrative? What’s gained? What’s lost? What lies inevitably get told? What deeper truths are reached or at least reached for?Enough About Youhas no answers to these questions, but it frames and asks these questions in a much more overt, honest, precise, and provocative way than any book has attempted yet, and tries to do so while also delivering the pleasures of narrative, of memoir, of search-for-self.
With moving and often hilarious candor, Shields explores the connections between fiction and nonfiction, stuttering and writing, literary forms and literary contents, art and life; he confronts bad reviews of his earlier books; he examines why he read a college girlfriend’s journal; he raids a wide range of cultural figures (from Rousseau, Nabokov, and Salinger to Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, and Bobby Knight) for what they have to tell him about himself.
Enough About Youis a book about David Shields. But it is also a terrifically engrossing exploration and exploitation of self-reflection, self-absorption, full-blown narcissism, and the impulse to write about oneself. In a world awash with memoirs and tell-alls, Shields has created something unique: he invites the reader into his mind as he turns his life into a narrative.

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ENOUGH ABOUT YOU: Adventures in Autobiography

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Novelist and cultural commentator Shields (the nonfictional Black Planet, 1999, etc.) explores "his own damned, doomed character" in this plum collection of vignettes. What he's trying to get at in ... Read full review

Enough about you: adventures in autobiography

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The author of two nonfiction works (including Black Planet, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award), Shields here puts a twist on his talents by turning to the subject of ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

David Shields's is the author of eight other books, including The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's, and Utne Reader; he's written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Shields has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two NEA fellowships, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington. Since 1996 he has also been a member of the faculty in Warren Wilson College's low-residency MFA Program for Writers, in Asheville, North Carolina. His work has been translated into French, Dutch, Norwegian, Japanese, Turkish, Korean, Portuguese, and Farsi. He was the chair of the 2007 National Book Awards nonfiction panel.

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