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Enough about You: Notes Toward the New Autobiography

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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 You has 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 You is 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.

Review:

"Enough About You exudes a razor-edged, sad-sack sensibility that's hard to resist — like Jerry Seinfeld crossed with Lydia Davis or Maurice Blanchot. As with fellow creative nonfictioneers Hilton Als and Bernard Cooper, Shields's graceful prose makes a meal of ephemera." Joy Press, Village Voice

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"Shields's style is startling in its clarity and candor." The Oregonian

Review:

"Enough About You is an autobiography that complicates the process of autobiographical writing, of talking about oneself directly, at every turn... 'Seamless' would be the wrong word for this book, but Shields's ability to weave a coherent and rather likable voice — ironic, self-implicating, blackly funny, hopeful — through these disjointed passages is impressive." Elaine Blair, Newsday

Product Details

ISBN:
9781593762193
Author:
Shields, David
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Foreword by:
McElwee, Ross
Foreword:
McElwee, Ross
Author:
McElwee, Ross
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Shields, David
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 7 oz

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Product details 192 pages Soft Skull Press - English 9781593762193 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Enough About You exudes a razor-edged, sad-sack sensibility that's hard to resist — like Jerry Seinfeld crossed with Lydia Davis or Maurice Blanchot. As with fellow creative nonfictioneers Hilton Als and Bernard Cooper, Shields's graceful prose makes a meal of ephemera."
"Review" by , "Shields's style is startling in its clarity and candor."
"Review" by , "Enough About You is an autobiography that complicates the process of autobiographical writing, of talking about oneself directly, at every turn... 'Seamless' would be the wrong word for this book, but Shields's ability to weave a coherent and rather likable voice — ironic, self-implicating, blackly funny, hopeful — through these disjointed passages is impressive."
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