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Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

tetons, March 8, 2010

I found Shield's new book fascinating. Anyone, like me, who is both intrigued and troubled by the overwhelming abundance of reality TV, film and literature these days will find Reality Hunger a helpful remedy. I came away from this book with a new appreciation for reality-based art. Don't get me wrong: I've not suddenly become a fan of the awful reality shows on TV; but, Shield's book gives me hope that there are artists out there taking a very close look at how reality and truth can be used successfully. This last weekend I read an article on director, Paul Greengrass. One of my favorite films in the last decade was his "Bloody Sunday." He has a new film on the Iraq War coming out next month. A quote from the article: “I hope that when it works,” he added, “you get this sense of extreme emotional intimacy and sort of performed truthfulness with an extreme sense of captured reality.” Shield's book helps continue this type of conversation. Highly recommended.
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