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Reality Hunger: A Manifestoby David Shields
Synopses & Reviews
In his new book, Reality Hunger, David Shields makes a case that a new literary form has arrived. He] challenges our most basic literary assumptions about originality, authenticity, and creativity. Reality Hunger has caused a stir in literary circles. The book] has struck a nerve. --Andrew Richard Albanese, Publishers Weekly (cover article)
Reality Hunger is an exhilarating smash-up. . . . a work of virtuoso banditry that promises to become, like Lewis Hyde’s The Gift for earlier generations, the book that artists in all media turn to for inspiration, vindication, and altercation as they struggle to reinvent themselves against the headwinds of our time. --Rob Nixon, Chronicle of Higher Education
Maybe he’s simply ahead of the rest of us, mapping out the literary future of the next generation. --Susan H. Greenberg, Newsweek
The driving force behind this entertaining and highly persuasive polemic is a frustration with the contemporary mainstream novel. . . . I can’t stop recommending it to my friends. There is no more effective description (and example) of the aesthetic concerns of the internet age than this. --Edward King, The Times of London
Shields has a point. He gives a damn. He's trying to make a difference. He's using the best of his formidable talents to do that. --Wayne Alan Brenner, The Austin Chronicle
I love this book and am amused to see some of the hysterical reactions it’s provoked—proof, I think, of its radical truthfulness. Shields is utterly uninterested in providing intellectual comfort; he bravely, uncompromisingly delivers the news. —Walter Kirn
“On the one hand: Who does this guy think he is? On the other: It’s about time someone said something this honest in print. . . . I am] grateful for this beautiful (yes, raw and gorgeous) book.” —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
“David Shields’s radical intellectual manifesto, Reality Hunger (Knopf), is a rousing call to arms for all artists to reject the laws governing appropriation, obliterate the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, and give rise to a new modern form.”
“This is the most provocative, brain-rewiring book of 2010. It’s a book that feels at least five years ahead of its time and teaches you how to read it as you go.”
—Alex Pappademas, GQ
“I’ve just finished reading Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, and I’m lit up by it—astonished, intoxicated, ecstatic, overwhelmed.” —Jonathan Lethem
“For those of us who have been thinking about these issues for a long time, Reality Hunger is an orgy of geekiness, and Shields is the one responsible for everyone getting laid. Much like Dave Eggers, Shields will be repaid for hooking his friends up by becoming a bona fide tastemaker and culture-shaper. Actually, I don’t think it would be too strong to say that Shields’s book will be a sort of bible for the next generation of culture-makers. . .” —David Griffith, Bookslut
The author of the best-selling The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead presents a call for new art forms to match the complexities of the 21st century, exploring how creative expression is being reshaped to reflect today's increasingly artificial and disconnected world.
David Shields is the author of nine previous books, including 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 a dozen languages.
About the Author
David Shields is the author of nine previous books, including Black Planet, an NBCC finalist. He lives in Seattle and teaches at the University of Washington.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Overture — Mimesis — Books for people who find television too slow --Trials by Google — Reality — Memory — Blur — Now — The reality-based community — Hip-hop — Reality TV — Collage — In praise of brevity — Genre — Contradiction — Doubt — Thinking — Autobio — Persona — DS — Alone — It is much more important to be oneself than anything else — Rusk — Let me tell you what your book is about — Manifesto — Coda.
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