Reality Hunger

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

C
20
trials by google
32
reality
45
f memory
56
g blur
63
h now
81
1
84
k realitytv
106
In in praise of brevity
126
contradiction
135
autobio
151
S persona
158
t ds
166
it is much more important to be oneself
181
Y manifesto
198
Copyright

collage
112

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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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