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Ry film TV rap stand up graffiti sampling plagiarism writing and reading In seeking to tear up the. This is an example of the kind of overtly self congratulatory deconstructionist bunk that really irritates me about post modernist writers Shields comes across as very pompous insincere and out of touch making many broad assumptions about what the reading public wants and what writers should do As a very intelligent reviewer noted this is mostly a book about the kind of writing Shields likes namely lyric essays and books that deconstruct the wall between author and subject matter Reality Hunger does nothing that writers haven't ALREADY been doing since the 1950s and many of the uotes Shields uses about the death of fiction are out of context and out of dateSo that's the gimmick of this book It's comprised mostly of uotations sound bites and collected info from other sources Shields does this he says to challenge our views of copyright and idea ownership admitting to us that his editor had to pretty much force his hand to include an appendix citing original sources We were SUPPOSED to read the book not knowing which were Shields' words and which words belonged to far better writers Cute Ironically as much as Shields seems to dislike copyright Reality Hunger itself IS COPYRIGHTED and peddled for a pretty profit to graduate workshops all across the country If Shields had truly wanted to counteract our views of copyright and idea ownership he should have published this beastly book online with free access then he wouldn't have had to worry with a silly little appendix at allAside from the parts of the book where Shields essentially discounts storytelling as no longer relevant to us narrative conventions like plot and character he claims bore him the book is particularly self aggrandizing in a way that really got under my skin There is an entire chapter dedicated to the collage form where Shields amalgamates a bunch of uotes about how awesome collage is of course this is the form Shields has chosen for the book it would apparently be too status uo to allow the form to speak for itself Shields is trying to do what visual collage artists do making art with a mix of magazine images and old textbook diagrams superimposing Donald Duck onto a Hieronymus Bosch painting whatever But Shields fails to acknowledge the gap between the mediums of visual and literary collage The overall effect of the book is that Shields is using these sources to reiterate his argument or flat out speak for him I'm sorry man I know it's a bur in your side but you have to cite the original authorIn all I found Shields' philosophy toward writing to be sterile tedious and unproductive The book's only benefit was that it got me formulating arguments in my head about how wrong I think Shields is and how strongly I think that narrative and storytelling DO matter to us still

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Reality HungerOld 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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summary Reality Hunger 108 ↠ [Download] ➶ Reality Hunger Author David Shields – 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 old Synopsis Reality Hunger uestions every assumpSynopsis Reality Hunger uestions every assumption we ever made about art the novel journalism poet. ORIGINAL REVIEW1 Why not live a little Mimesis isn’t so bad 2 Huh OK I’ll bite 3 Shields’ main argument is that the lyric essay is better able to represent reality than narrative fiction because reality is far fragmented and less constructed than a linear plot 4 Whatever Shields might choose to call this the book is a work of criticism and Shields is the critic 5 I sort of enjoyed how the book’s assertions self indulgences and occasional arrogances irritated and annoyed me 6 Frammentazione e ubiuità dell'informazione spingono ineluttabilmente verso il mash up più che il collage e la letteratura non può sottrarsi a uesta tendenza 7 Walter Benjamin’s “The Arcades Project” is similarly structured not that I've read the copy I’ve owned for almost ten years 8 Some of the most brilliant reviews I’ve read on Goodreads have been genre benders mashing up elements of criticism memoir personal essay satire and whatever else 9 “Is the novel dead Can you copyright reality Is art theft” 10 The I think about this book the less I like it 11 Art is “art” when it impacts when it challenges accepted norms and when it denies culpability 12 LIFE CHANGING MANIFESTO A VERY IMPORTANT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW 13 I imagine David Shields wants to stab a whole lot of old things living dead or abstract in the eye for the sake of it 14 If you have any thoughts on this book or this idea please jump in with them Thanks April 15 He makes his points in a bulleted list creating a collage of uotation misattribution lyric parable and just about anything else he feels like throwing in there 16 Look this book sucks