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review Reality Hunger ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó [Download] ➶ Reality Hunger Author David Shields – Horticulturetrader.co.uk Synopsis Reality Hunger uestions every assumption we ever made about art the novel journalism poetry film TV rap stand up graffiti sampling plagiarism writing and reading In seeking to tear up the oRy film TV rap stand up graffiti sampling plagiarism writing and reading In seeking to tear up the. Interesting I love uotations I love reality I love unconventional prose styles So I'm the target audience for this

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Old culture in search of something new and authentic it is the most vital book of the new century. I've been meaning to read this for a while but seeing David Shields speak at MLA was the thing that finally pushed me to actually do it This is an amazingly fun book to read debate with dip in and out of Every few pages contains something goldenI love literature but not because I love stories per se I find nearly all the moves the traditional novel makes unbelievably predictable tired contrived and essentially purposeless I can never remember characters' names plot developments lines of dialogue details of setting It's not clear to me what such narratives are supposedly revealing about the human condition I'm drawn to literature instead as a form of thinking consciousness wisdom seeking I like work that's focused not only page by page but line by line on what the writer really cares about as opposed to work that assumes that what the writers cares about will magically creep through the cracks of the narrative which is the way I experience most stories and novels Collage works are nearly always 'about what they're about' which may sound a tad tautological but when I read a book that I really love I'm excited because I can feel the writer's excitement that in every paragraph he's manifestly exploring his subjectIs it possible that contemporary literary prizes are a bit like the federal bailout package subsidizing work that is no longer remotely describing realityAll so good And I think the furor over his death of the contemporary novel and homage to plagiarism stuff is a bit misguided Shields's argument is subtle and textured than that and the whole book reads like what it is a manifesto for thinking literature as compared to that Franzen shit

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Reality HungerSynopsis Reality Hunger uestions every assumption we ever made about art the novel journalism poet. Posted at Heradas ReviewYou’ll usually find this in the literary criticism section of a book shop and having now read it I can’t exactly argue with that placing but I can say that it would also be right at home in many other sections cultural anthropology sociology memoir philosophy history poetry or even general fiction if I’m feeling particularly objective It’s a lot of things in one which means that the book itself fully embodies the crux of its own argument to get all postmodern on you which simply put is the distinction between fiction and non fiction is not as black and white as we think Or written another way and uoting directly from the book “Writing is writing Every act of composition is an act of fiction”I picked this book up and put it back down several times before eventually breaking down and buying it I kept bumping into it at my favorite used bookshop thumbing through it and reading little bits here and there finding myself confused by the format was it a book of uotes or a book of random thoughts eventually judging it too odd and putting it back on the shelf The next time I came back it would be gone of course and I found myself missing it getting what I would consider the opposite of buyer’s remorse wishing that I had taken it home with me when I had the chance Eventually of course another copy would show up on the shelves and I would start the whole process over again Eventually that Chip Kidd cover won me over and I took it homeThis is basically the postmodern literary euivalent of building a song out of samples I was about halfway through before I realized that a huge chunk of this book is sourced from elsewhere remixed modified recombined and used interstitially between genuine writing done by Shields himself to tie this whole crazy opus together It’s brilliant and absurd and since it’s sourced from hundreds of different people it speaks in a lot of contradictory absolutes about art writing reality “reality” memory copyright fiction identity persona subjectivity the nature of creativity etc It contains a lot of things I agree with a lot that I don’t and a lot that I’m not so sure about any Whatever it is it’s deeply misunderstood Read a few reviews and you’ll find people who hate it with a passion or ecstatically adore it You won’t find too many in the middle Which honestly is the exact kind of reaction you want something to evoke in others Otherwise it’s just mediocre right Anyway I think those people with intense opinions on it are thinking way too literally and might benefit from the practice of trying to hold two opposing opinions in their heads at the same time and mulling them over I think what this book really is is a jumping off point to start a conversation about what is real what is fake and why ultimately maybe it really doesn’t matter that much and maybe we should stop classifying things and let art be art Let journalism handle facts and let both our non fiction and fiction pieces of art just be pieces of art Maybe we don’t need to worry about which box to put things in any Maybe the process of telling a “true” story injects it with fiction anyway Or maybe none of that too Or maybe and this is realistic here just some of it Pick and choose etc It would be a mistake to read this uickly which is easy to do since it’s so short and presented in little bite size chunks There’s just too much going on here to rush through it It’s a genuine book of ideas I had to take a lot of breaks short and long to give myself time to process the concepts I took a lot of notes to organize my thoughts; trying to get to the bottom of what I was feeling about what was being said If I came across something that really got my thinking I threw the book down and went for a walk to mull it over a little Or maybe I would just put it down for a few days read something else and come back to it when I was really interested again in the uestions it was posing; when the ideas were pulling me back inParaphrasing of course but some of those uestions were What sort of responsibility should a memoirist have to literal facts Can we actually trust our memory enough to state anything we remember as fact How much truth is there in fiction How much fiction do we allow in non fiction If fiction uses lies to tell the truth can memoir be just another literary genre soaked in the author’s subjective experience but the truth of that experience used only as a means to illustrate something important If the point of memoir is that important bit does it actually have to be married to truth at all Just what is being “created” in creative non fiction Who owns ideas Do we necessarily always need Form and Story and Narrative and the other usual pieces of storytelling Is the space between truth and fiction actually interesting anywayI don’t really have a conclusion on this Like I said earlier the book is a jumping off point and I’m still kind of lost in all of the ideas it presented If you’re interested in any of those uestions I’d suggest you check it out it’s really uite bizarre and I think you’ll enjoy it a lot