Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

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Vintage Books, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 221 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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Contents

al overture
3
books for people who find television too slow
20
trials by google
32
e reality
45
blur
63
h now
81
J hiphop
87
in praise of brevity
126
Q thinking
140
S persona
158
t ds
166
W risk
184
y manifesto
198
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About the author (2011)

David Shields is the author of nine previous books, including The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, aNew York Times bestseller; Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; andRemote, 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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